The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is phasing out 12 teaching endorsements in subjects that are hard to fill or do not attract enough teaching candidates.
We still don’t know the substance of a coming attack on the school employee pension system, but we know it’s coming – and we’ve also learned Republican leaders plan to move quickly once legislation is introduced.
That means we need to be quicker.
We need to start calling and emailing state House and Senate lawmakers NOW to oppose this latest effort.
Closing off new employees to a defined benefit system would cost billions of dollars, leave dedicated educators without a secure retirement, and worsen the growing teacher shortage.
We’ll have a better chance of defeating plans to dismantle MPSERS if we stay on message and share individual stories. Put the arguments above into your own words. Tell your story, and share what’s happening in your family, your town, your region, the state of Michigan. Do it today!
Four MEA members were honored at the 2017 MEA Awards for Human Rights & Excellence for their inspiring activism and dedication to craft. “We are so far from being finished with all of these movements,” said one. “I’ll keep going as long as I have energy.”
Beginning Sept. 1, Paula Herbart will serve as the new President of the Michigan Education Association.
Jessyca Matthews, a Flint high school teacher, is among seven finalists to become NEA’s 2017 Social Justice Activist of the Year – and you can help her win by voting!
Educators in some Michigan communities with large immigrant populations say they’re increasingly worried about rumors of federal raids that might be conducted soon by officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Bus aides in Grand Rapids concerned about working conditions and a lack of job training have secured union representation for the first time with a unanimous vote to join the transportation unit of the Grand Rapids Education Support Professionals Association.
Next week on May 1st in cities, towns, and communities across the country, activists will Rise Up to demonstrate the power, resistance, and strength of a social justice movement that is gaining strength and influence by the day. Change is happening – in town halls, in school board meetings – and in the streets of America.
Public education advocates need to speak up and share their stories wherever they can – with friends, family, and acquaintances; in public forums and political arenas – and they need to start now, according to business executive Jamie Vollmer, a public schools critic-turned-champion. The former business executive keynoted an NEA-sponsored “Listening and Engagement Tour” run…
A national campaign to rally supporters of public education kicked off in Dearborn this week, a location chosen by organizers to draw attention to the damage caused in Michigan by the destructive policies of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
The highlight of Tuesday’s event at Edsel Ford High School were plans to coordinate a nationwide day of action on May 1, expected to attract more than 100,000 people at more than 2,000 schools in 200 cities across the U.S.
The national campaign calling for investment in public education – “Build Schools, Not Walls” – is being jointly coordinated by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, a coalition that includes NEA and AFT in addition to other parent and education groups.