Public education advocates need to speak up and share their stories wherever they can – with friends, family, and acquaintances; in public forums and political arenas – and they need to start now, according to business executive Jamie Vollmer, a public schools critic-turned-champion. The former business executive keynoted an NEA-sponsored “Listening and Engagement Tour” run…
A 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.
MEA member Joe Dombrowski is such a huge Ellen DeGeneres fan that he says he blacked out mentally while appearing on her show last week and couldn’t remember exactly what he said during the interview. But when he watched a tape of his segment on last Friday’s The Ellen Show, he was amazed to see her…
April 19, 2017
By STEVEN COOK/President – Michigan Education Association
The Michigan Constitution is very clear: “No public monies shall be appropriated by the Legislature to aid any private, denominational or other nonpublic school.”
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…
By Brenda Ortega
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.
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.
“Best practices” in teaching information literacy shift with the digital landscape, says Dr. Troy Hicks, an MEA member and professor of English and Education at Central Michigan University. Hicks co-hosted a March #MichEd Twitter chat on the subject at www.tinyurl.com/MILitChat.
Sen. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) introduced a resolution late Wednesday demanding Gov. Rick Snyder return money illegally taken from school employees’ paychecks from 2010-12, the subject of a seven-year court battle led by MEA and AFT Michigan.