MEA Launches Free College Benefit

MEA member Carolyn Rink always wanted to go to college, but marriage and four children—a job and bills—got in the way. Last month, Rink not only started college nearly 40 years after graduating high school, but she took the plunge with her adult daughter. The mother-daughter duo—both first-time college students—are taking advantage of a new…

Negaunee Teacher Creates Bridge Building Dynasty

MEA member Kevin Bell and three seniors from his Negaunee High School Computer-Aided Design (CAD) class will compete next month for the Upper Peninsula school’s ninth straight national title in a model bridge building contest that tests students’ design, engineering, and construction skills. The highly competitive TRAC Bridge Challenge now accepts six entries from more…

Vape Device Invades Schools

It’s a dangerous trend sweeping school campuses nationwide that every parent and teacher should know about—‘Juuling.’ Most parents have no clue what it is, but your child likely knows. A Juul is a small, sleek vaping device that resembles a USB flash drive and charges when plugged into a laptop. The trend is so popular…

Advocacy Training

May 5, 2018 MEA HQ, 1350 Kendale Blvd., East Lansing Begins at 8:45 a.m. in lower level Continental Breakfast available at 8:30 a.m.   Click here to join us: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER We have a great day in store for you!   Mark Taylor, M.S.W., Ed.D. – Planning for Success in the Multigenerational Workplace:  Today’s…

Labor Voices: School funding a wake-up call

March 21, 2018

By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association

How much does it cost to provide a student with an adequate education?

The short answer: much more than we are currently spending. A report released last month should be a wake-up call for policymakers to fix Michigan’s education funding system. The study by a diverse group of business leaders and education experts pegged the base per-pupil cost to educate a K-12 student in Michigan at $9,590, an increase of 16 to 26 percent over current funding levels of $7,600 to $8,300 per pupil.