Build Schools, Not Walls

National Day of Action Planned for May 1

Build Schools, Not WallsA national campaign to rally supporters of public education kicked off in Dearborn this week, a location chosen by organizers to draw attention to the damage caused in Michigan by the destructive policies of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The highlight of Tuesday’s event at Edsel Ford High School were plans to coordinate a nationwide day of action on May 1, expected to attract more than 100,000 people at more than 2,000 schools in 200 cities across the U.S.

The national campaign calling for investment in public education – “Build Schools, Not Walls” – is being jointly coordinated by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, a coalition that includes NEA and AFT in addition to other parent and education groups.

NEA “Listening Tour” makes Lansing Stop on Wednesday — Public Invited

LANSING, Mich., April 18, 2017 — The Lansing Schools Education Association, in partnership with the Lansing School District, is hosting a local segment of the National Education Association’s National Listening and Engagement Tour on April 19 from 5:00–8:00 pm at Pattengill Middle School (626 Marshall Street).  School employees and families from all area districts are…

Loss of Librarians Hurts Literacy Efforts

By Brenda Ortega

MEA Editor

Certified school librarians are an endangered species in Michigan.

Even as politicians have toughened academic standards and passed a strict new third grade reading law, school districts across the state have cut professional library staff to balance budgets under pressure from state per-pupil funding cuts.

Member Spotlight – MEA-Retired member Ruth Westbrook

Little do her Michigan friends know, but MEA-Retired member Ruth Westbrook – who worked at schools in Pontiac, Highland Park, and Troy – has lived out scenes similar to the Academy Award-winning movie Hidden Figures. Westbrook, 76, followed in the footsteps of African-American women depicted in the film, human math computers at NASA who fought segregation and discrimination to build trailblazing careers at the space agency.