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.
April 19, 2017
By STEVEN COOK/President – Michigan Education Association
The Michigan Constitution is very clear: “No public monies shall be appropriated by the Legislature to aid any private, denominational or other nonpublic school.”
The Michigan Education Association this week announced the recipients of the 2017 MEA Scholarships, honoring exemplary public school students from across the state who will be attending a Michigan public university next fall.
By Brenda Ortega
MEA Voice Editor
The financial situation in Ypsilanti’s Lincoln Consolidated School District was dire when school employees stepped up to take hits for the team – absorbing job cuts, insurance premium hikes, pay reductions, and more in the hopes of restoring stability over a five-year period.
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.