MEA member Gary Cooper could have relaxed after retiring from a 30-year career as an autoworker at Ford Motor Co. Instead his upbringing eventually led the 64-year-old former UAW shop steward to a full-time role as a community assistant at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. The support staff position requires him to wear “quite […]
EAST LANSING — With media coverage continuing to focus on Michigan's educator shortage, MEA has launched www.MichiganEducatorProject.org so the public can hear directly from front-line teachers and other education employees about what's driving the crisis. “Recruit. Respect. Retain.” Under that banner, the new site includes videos from educators – recorded both before and during the pandemic [...]
MEA launches MiSchoolRelief.com to lookup federal funds pending by school district, contact lawmakers urging immediate distribution EAST LANSING — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart on the House Republican proposal in this morning’s Appropriations Committee meeting to tie further COVID relief funds to a demand for 20 hours per week [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, March 12, 2020 Contact: Doug Pratt, MEA Director of Public Affairs, 517-337-5508 EAST LANSING – The following can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding tonight’s order from Gov. Whitmer that Michigan schools will be closed for three weeks starting Monday: “Earlier today, I recorded a message urging that we […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, February 6, 2020 Contact: Doug Pratt, MEA Director of Public Affairs MEA President statement on Whitmer education budget proposal EAST LANSING —The following can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding today’s education budget recommendations from Gov. Whitmer: “While we have a long way to go to fully fund Michigan’s […]
A good first step – but only a step EAST LANSING —The following can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding today’s passage of the K-12 education budget by the Michigan Legislature: “While this budget isn’t everything we had hoped for, it is a good first step to ending the decades long underfunding of […]
Over the past 18 months, MEA member Nicole Haney has been heart-broken by images of immigrant children in detention – including those separated from their parents for no good reason – so she attended a rally at the state Capitol to make her voice heard.
An updated Michigan Code of Educational Ethics has been approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to guide local policy and decision-making beginning this school year. Adapted from a model code developed by a national panel of practicing teachers and administrators, Michigan’s document covers a range of expectations such as integrity in instruction, maintaining […]
In case you missed it… Last week Bridge magazine published a series of articles detailing one of the concerning consequences of our state’s teaching shortage—uncertified substitute teachers filling long-term and permanent roles in our schools.