MEA member Jody Mackey’s middle school students in Traverse City are used to doing news interviews, often on camera, as part of their digital media class. But this video project was different.
From newspaper editorial pages, to social media hashtags and MEA’s petition drive, our members are raising their voices against calls by President Donald Trump to arm teachers – especially given that such a proposal has already passed the state Senate in Michigan.
Some state lawmakers think more guns are the answer to school shootings. They would arm school employees – and visitors – with concealed weapons, despite opposition from the vast majority of parents and educators who understand such a plan is a recipe for disaster.
On Saturday, a coalition of Michigan labor unions and allied groups are organizing a teach-in to highlight the connection between the Labor Movement and Civil Rights. “Labor and Civil Rights: The Tie That Binds” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Northwest Activity Center (18100 Meyers Rd., Detroit, 48235).
State Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood is hosting a townhall in Taylor on Tuesday, Feb. 27, regarding the recently introduced “TeA+chers for Michigan” legislation. These 22 bills include key pieces of legislation about preparing, attracting, and retaining Michigan’s best educators.
February 21, 2018
By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen students and staff dead. Fourteen more wounded.
Marshall County High School in Kentucky. Two students dead, 18 wounded.
Lenny Dantinne had a strong reaction when he got an MEA email announcing our big win in the 3 percent case just before the holiday break in December—and it wasn’t only about the money his two-teacher household would be receiving back. “I felt completely vindicated, because we had been battling Governor Snyder on something that…
When it comes to Michigan’s new third grade reading law, which set down instructional and reporting mandates for K-3 schools and classrooms to launch beginning last fall, lawmakers and educators have some areas of consensus. Parent involvement in their children’s education is good. A team approach among educators is helpful. Training teachers in best practices…
MEA Executive Director Gretchen Dziadosz may be retiring later this month, but she prefers to look ahead to the union’s future—and after 38 years working in a variety of MEA positions, perhaps no one is better positioned to give a read-out on the crystal ball. Appointed to the union’s top staff post in 2012, Dziadosz…