Another record-breaking education budget for Michigan students

In the early hours of July 1, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders came to an agreement on School Aid and Higher Education budgets for the coming school year that continue to break records for funding opportunities for Michigan students and educators. With constant advocacy from Gov. Whitmer starting with her February budget proposal, the […]

GOP legislators ignore real issues, waste time on divisive ‘red meat’ for base

Casting aside the actual challenges facing Michigan schools, Republican state legislators this week have focused on advancing divisive legislation meant to fire up their political base and drive a wedge between educators and parents. On Tuesday, the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee passed House Bill 5097, which would restrict Michigan educators from teaching students […]

Education Budgets Moving in Legislature

UPDATED May 23 Countering historic budget proposals from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the state House and Senate have approved separate school spending recommendations for the 2022-23 school year. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had proposed an $18.4 billion education budget that invests heavily in student wellness and educator recruitment and retention. The Senate passed a $17.9 billion school […]

MEA and Ferris Faculty Association Respond to Senate’s Rejection of Qualified Educator to FSU Board

EAST LANSING — Michigan Education Association President Paula Herbart and Ferris State University Faculty Association President Charles Bacon issued the following statement Thursday in response to the Michigan Senate’s unfair rejection of Michael Ryan, Ph.D., to the FSU Board of Trustees: “It is unconscionable that Senate Republicans would reject Gov. Whitmer’s appointment of Dr. Michael […]

MEA President Paula Herbart’s statement on shooting death of Patrick Lyoya

EAST LANSING — Michigan Education Association President Paula Herbart issued the following statement Thursday regarding the killing of Patrick Lyoya and the critical role educators play in fostering community conversations about social justice and equity: “Like so many others, I was saddened and angered to watch the horrific video of Patrick Lyoya’s senseless death. These […]

MEA announces recommendations for state Supreme Court and education boards

EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Association is recommending the reelection this November of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein, the association of teachers, education support professionals and higher-education faculty announced Thursday. “Richard Bernstein is a longtime advocate for children with special needs, people with disabilities and everyday working people, and we are proud to […]