Statement from MEA President on UAW working toward a contract settlement

EAST LANSING — Michigan Education Association President Chandra Madafferi, a teacher from Oakland County, released the following statement Friday: “We hope a resolution can be found soon in the contract negotiations between the UAW and the Detroit Three automakers. The economic impacts of a drawn-out work stoppage would be devastating for our local communities, including […]

Hungry kids can’t learn — so we’re feeding them

By Chandra Madafferi From planning a holiday feast or sharing Instagram-worthy photos of an amazing meal, food invokes powerful feelings. But for some families that struggle with food insecurity, those strong feelings aren’t necessarily positive. A student once asked me, “Mrs. M., can you just go to a grocery store and get whatever you want, […]

NEA president’s school visits spotlight Michigan successes: ‘I will tell your stories everywhere I go’

By Brenda Ortega MEA Voice Editor NEA President Becky Pringle and MEA President Chandra Madafferi serve free breakfast to students at Dublin Elementary in Walled Lake, the first stop of a two-day, four-district tour. NEA President Becky Pringle visited four school districts in Michigan last week to see what change looks like when a governor [...]

Assistance available for federal school safety grants

In response to violence in schools, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act was passed in 2022 with the purpose of providing schools across the country with billions of dollars in grants to help make schools safer. The Greenlights Grant Initiative (GGI) is helping to get those funds spent in America’s schools. A project launched this summer […]

Hawaii educators need your help

The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) is coordinating help for educators affected by the Lahaina fires – one of the deadliest wildfires in U.S. history. The HSTA is reporting that at least 57 teachers lost their homes or have had to relocate as a result of the Maui wildfires. Another 44 educators suffered property damage. […]