More schools are expected to be offered “partnership agreements” with the Michigan Department of Education this fall, based on last spring’s standardized test scores, the department announced recently.
The state Supreme Court this week issued notice that oral arguments will be heard in early November in the 3 percent retirement case that MEA has waged through seven years and several appeals by Gov. Rick Snyder. The court will hear arguments on November 7 or 8 in the union’s 2010 lawsuit seeking the return…
Rennee Alderman has worn different job titles in Cadillac Area Public Schools – recess aide, paraprofessional, secretary – but for MEA member Heidi Stange the most important role Alderman played over the years is “friend.”
Stange is now an instructional literacy coach for the district, but for many years she was a Title I reading specialist with Alderman tutoring kids alongside her. Children loved Alderman, Stange said, but so did adults—she brightened the lives of everyone with her cheery attitude and habit of calling everyone “Sunshine.”
“We’re providing her some sunshine now,” Stange said.
Alderman was forced to retire after 25 years in the district when a mystery illness zapped her energy and mobility – leaving her in constant pain. She has since been diagnosed with Lyme Disease, but treatments are not covered by insurance – so Stange has organized community fundraisers to rally some help.
Their story is yet another example of union members taking care of each other. Associations across the state routinely come together to take care of their own, as in Algonac, where members raised money and volunteered labor in a Habitat for Humanity home build for a member; and in Adrian where members donated to a union-administered sick day bank to help a new mom whose baby needed open heart surgery.
It wasn’t easy to convince Alderman to accept assistance, because she’s used to being the one caring for others, Stange said. Over the years, Alderman organized countless potlucks and supply drives to help families in need in the community.
Whether it’s at the bargaining table or the halls of the Capitol in Lansing, MEA’s power resides in the unity of our members – and association leaders from across Michigan are joining up with MEA staff to build capacity in our largest units. Membership blitzes have been held in Grand Rapids, Utica, Flint, and Pontiac,…
In light of the recent data breach acknowledged by credit reporting agency Equifax, many NEA members are signing up to receive an important NEA member benefit: the educator discount for Lifelock credit monitoring that includes 30 days free and a 10 percent discount.
September 20, 2017 By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association In this fast-paced, information overloaded society, individuals are longing to be heard. Educators are especially eager to share their thoughts, their hopes and their frustrations. That’s why my first order of business as MEA’s new president was to embark on a “listening tour” so I…
MEA President Paula Herbart is this week’s guest on “Off the Record” with senior Capitol correspondent Tim Skubick. The weekly PBS public affairs show served as Herbart’s first major public appearance since taking the reins at MEA on Sept. 1. During her 12-minute interview, she reinforced something she’s heard across the state: that policymakers need to listen more to the front-line experts – Michigan’s teachers and support staff – about what schools and students need.
In this unprecedented hurricane season, NEA members have stepped up in huge numbers to help. Our national organization has partnered with others to extend help to victims – including school employees and children from Texas to Florida and the Caribbean.
EAST LANSING – This September, a new team of MEA officers have taken the helm of the state’s largest school employee union. President Paula Herbart, Vice President Chandra Madafferi and Secretary-Treasurer Brett Smith are kicking off their time in office with a statewide listening tour to hear from the experts on the front lines of public education – the dedicated teachers and school support staff working every day with Michigan’s students.
“In this fast-paced, information overloaded society, individuals are longing to be heard. Educators are especially eager to share their thoughts, their hopes and their frustrations,” Herbart said. “That’s why we’re going around the state to listen to the passions and concerns of our members and learn what we can do to help. We need to listen to the experts on the front lines – and we’re going to take those stories with us to policymakers in Lansing and Washington in our role as statewide education leaders.”
MEA has launched a new video highlighting the important role education support professionals play in schools across Michigan. The video features MEA education support professional members, like paraprofessionals, bus drivers, secretaries, food service workers, custodians, maintenance workers and others who help kids in our schools achieve and learn. “Education support professionals are a critical part of our…