Whitmer: An Advocate for Public Education

By Brenda Ortega MEA Voice Editor High school educator Jill Laurin-Maxwell had a special guest tagging along when she went shopping for school supplies this year. The sign language teacher took gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer with her to buy tissues, paper, pencils, Sharpies, paper clips, binders and lotion—an $84 excursion that Laurin-Maxwell said was the…

MEA President Joins Bipartisan Coalition: ‘We’re trying something radical’

Launch Michigan is a new partnership bringing together diverse interests from across Michigan’s political, economic, education, philanthropic and government sectors. MEA President Paula Herbart will be a proud voice of labor on the panel, which is setting out to improve the state’s education system. Read more at LaunchMichigan.org. Here read excerpts from a conversation about…

Member Spotlight: Cassandra Joss

Cassandra Joss, a third-grade teacher in Utica Community Schools, recently made a video to show how much teachers spend on their classrooms, and she appeared on Michigan Radio’s Stateside program to talk about it. How did you get the idea for a video of your classroom with and without teacher-provided materials? My district did some…