An old card catalog cabinet on its way to the scrap heap presented an opportunity for MEA member Deborah Lynch to start a fresh new program at Grosse Pointe Public Library, where she works as assistant circulation manager at the Ewald Branch.
By Brenda Ortega
Certified school librarians are an endangered species in Michigan.
Even as politicians have toughened academic standards and passed a strict new third grade reading law, school districts across the state have cut professional library staff to balance budgets under pressure from state per-pupil funding cuts.
Little do her Michigan friends know, but MEA-Retired member Ruth Westbrook – who worked at schools in Pontiac, Highland Park, and Troy – has lived out scenes similar to the Academy Award-winning movie Hidden Figures. Westbrook, 76, followed in the footsteps of African-American women depicted in the film, human math computers at NASA who fought segregation and discrimination to build trailblazing careers at the space agency.
“Best practices” in teaching information literacy shift with the digital landscape, says Dr. Troy Hicks, an MEA member and professor of English and Education at Central Michigan University. Hicks co-hosted a March #MichEd Twitter chat on the subject at www.tinyurl.com/MILitChat.
Sen. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) introduced a resolution late Wednesday demanding Gov. Rick Snyder return money illegally taken from school employees’ paychecks from 2010-12, the subject of a seven-year court battle led by MEA and AFT Michigan.
State House and Senate budget proposals released this week contain important differences in education spending compared to Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan released in February. Now negotiations begin to hammer out a final budget by sometime in June.
A coalition of education groups is suing the state over a $2.5 million appropriation of tax dollars for private schools.