While MEA is glad to see lawmakers included a “hold harmless” provision for the School Aid Fund in proposed income tax rollback legislation HB 4001, that doesn’t solve the long-term problems caused by eliminating a major revenue stream for our state to provide essential services to its citizens.
A bill to repeal the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Michigan also would allow parents to opt their students out of any school activity – including classroom tests and assignments – among a number of poorly designed provisions in the proposal.
EAST LANSING — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook regarding MEA’s opposition to HB 4192, which would repeal the Common Core standards in Michigan (the bill is up for a hearing today in the House Committee on Michigan Competitiveness):
By Brenda Ortega/ MEA Voice Editor
Years ago when MEA member Pamela Nickelson first started using body movement to help children learn and remember concepts in her classroom, the East Lansing music teacher was simply following her instincts.
Closing a neighborhood school can be devastating for students, families and communities. And what does it solve? Shutting down schools does nothing to address complex problems — a truth conveniently ignored by proponents of school choice who push monetizing public education as a magic bullet.
‘Disappearing Educator’ article explores growing problem of attracting and retaining teachers, support staff
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Education Association yesterday released the February edition of the MEA Voice magazine, featuring an article that explores Michigan’s growing school employee shortage crisis. The article, “The Disappearing Educator,” investigates why experienced teachers are leaving early and why young people aren’t pursuing the education profession.
Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled a budget proposal on Wednesday that includes modest education spending increases for fiscal year 2018, including an additional $50-100 in K-12 per-pupil allowances and an added $50 per student for high schools.
MEA President: Increases are a step in the right direction
Billionaire Betsy DeVos Confirmed as US Secretary of Education in Closest Cabinet Confirmation Vote in History
MEA, AFT Michigan leaders decry decision – and praise activism that opposed it
Today, the US Senate approved the appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Two Republican Senators broke ranks with their party and joined with the entire Democratic caucus to vote against DeVos’ confirmation, resulting in a 50-50 tie, requiring Vice President Mike Pence, in his role as President of the US Senate, to cast the tie-breaking vote.
A little recognition can go a long way, so consider nominating a special colleague for an MEA award. Deadlines are approaching to nominate Education Support Professionals for the Brunner Award and for nominations in various categories of MEA’s Human Rights and Excellence Awards.