MEA statement on new districts in MDE Partnership Agreement discussions

EAST LANSING – The following statement can be attributed to Paula Herbart, President of the Michigan Education Association, in response to today’s announcement by the Michigan Department of Education regarding additional districts entering “partnership agreement” discussions to improve student achievement at some of their schools:  “State Superintendent Brian Whiston’s announcement today regarding continuation of ‘partnership…

Worth Her Weight in Gold

By Brenda Ortega

Never underestimate the importance of a great secretary.

I already knew that was true, but a recent interview with Joan Crampton – an office secretary at Greenfield Elementary in Birmingham Schools – confirmed it a thousand times over.

Few people know the full scope of Crampton’s job as the school’s gatekeeper, enrolling students, ordering supplies, handling the budget, operating as school nurse, coordinating substitutes, and working for the principal.

Action Needed From Parents, Educators to Stop Latest For-Profit Charter Money Grabs

Parents, community members and educators need to take action to stop legislation giving for-profit charter schools a cut of millages that voters approve to supplement funding for neighborhood public schools.

SB 574 would require money from regional enhancement millages to be given to charter and virtual schools located in the communities that approve the additional taxes. Enhancement millages are regional tax levies approved by voters within a region and administered by intermediate school districts.

Under SB 574, the money raised would have to be split with charter schools that exist in the region and virtual schools that are headquartered within its boundaries. Six regions currently have enhancement millages through these ISD’s: Wayne-RESA, Kalamazoo, Kent, Midland, Monroe, and Muskegon.

The bill passed the State Senate this week and now heads to the House for further consideration and debate. State Representatives need to hear now from constituents – especially parents – to oppose this new money grab being pushed by for-profit charter and cyber schools.