Paraeducator builds membership and a new home

In just over three years since she became co-president of her local support staff union in Kalkaska, Jessica Davenport has worked hard to rebuild membership numbers that had dropped low enough to put her unit on the cusp of being disbanded. She faced bigger-than-normal challenges not long after getting started when the global pandemic made […]

DeVos-backed voucher scheme petitions withdrawn – plus more positive moves mark the start of this legislative session

By Brenda Ortega MEA Voice Editor Sen. Dayna Polehanki called it “our first victory for public education” resulting from the Democratic trifecta voters put in place with last November’s election — which is the first time in 40 years the party has controlled the state House, Senate and governor’s office. Shortly before the new Legislature […]

New Year’s Resolution: Know Thyself

In my school building, I often stop to admire a picturesque mural of a black ship in a blue ocean and to recall the wise words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” In difficult times, it’s important to remember that we grow into leadership roles. As educators, our ability […]

New MiNE coordinators state-wide

The wing of MEA that supports newer educators, MiNE (Michigan New Educators), is expanding! Introducing our newest MiNE coordinators who develop local in-person events and connect members to MiNE state-wide happenings, including virtual book studies: Tharan Suvarna is a second-year K-8 technology teacher at St. Ignace Area Schools. Tharan is a former Aspiring Educators of Michigan […]

MEA Roundtable Discussions on LGBTQIA Issues

You are cordially invited to an upcoming MEA Roundtable Discussion for members who identify as LGBTQIA+. Each of the roundtable events will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. and will offer a safe and welcoming atmosphere, regardless of how you identify. Dinner will be served. Register here. Feb. 27, 2023 4341 S Westnedge Ave Kalamazoo, MI 48390 Inclement weather […]