In advocating for the return of members’ money in the 3% case, lawyers from MEA and AFT Michigan have filed a motion to disqualify new Justice Elizabeth Clement from ruling on the case heard by the Michigan Supreme Court earlier this month. Until recently, Clement served as Gov. Rick Snyder’s chief legal counsel.
Michigan has won approval from the U.S. Department of Education (USED) for the state’s plan to comply with the federal law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
I’m appalled, angry and saddened by recent news stories and editorials about teacher absences – bashing educators again – based on one nakedly faulty and politicized “study.”
Where do I begin? By pointing out the falsehoods and misrepresentations? Explaining why teachers need sick days? Shouting from the rooftops how the public must demand an end to political attacks that continue to drive dedicated educators out of the classroom?
In my last job as an English teacher, I asked my senior honors students to grapple with Jonathan Swift, the 18th-century political satirist who combined sharp wit and intellectual courage to challenge political corruption and dishonesty among the wealthy ruling class. Think Jon Stewart in 1700s Europe.
Pontiac elementary students got a yummy lesson in garden-to-table nutrition recently when they harvested 500 pounds of potatoes from the school vegetable patch. The Kensington Church volunteers and food service staff used the bounty to whip up cheesy potatoes for everyone.
MEA member bus drivers in West Bloomfield School District began picketing this week to protest stalled bargaining that has left them working without a contract for three months. The drivers, who work for Durham Transportation, say they’re not making extravagant demands of the private company.
Start thinking now about an Education Support Professional you know who deserves some recognition for contributions to his or her profession, colleagues or union.
EAST LANSING – The federal tax plans put forward by Republican leaders in Congress attack educators and threaten funding for public school students – which is why MEA President Paula Herbart urged Michigan’s Congressional delegation to oppose these dangerous proposals.
November 15, 2017
By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association
If an experiment fails, the reasonable response is to end it and try something different. Not so regarding cyber charter schools, based on the actions of lawmakers who continue to fully fund these schools in the face of mounting evidence that they are a spectacular failure at improving academic achievement.
MEA members are encouraged to provide input regarding the candidates for governor ahead of a Dec. 9 meeting of the Statewide Screening and Recommendation Committee to interview the candidates.
The role of student growth in teacher evaluations is a big topic of concern for educators – and it’s also the focus of an important webinar happening this Wednesday at 4 p.m. The 60-minute session is the second in a six-part webinar series that can be used toward SCECH requirements. This session of the free…