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.
MEA is moving forward with a multi-pronged response to state threats of school closures in a number of Michigan communities – mostly in high-poverty areas – which have prompted fear and outrage among school employees and parents.
When a letter promoting “National School Choice Week” crossed the desk of Royal Oak Mayor Mike Fournier, he turned his attention instead to his city’s public school district.
We all know the world of difference that Education Support Professionals make every day in the lives of students. Here’s your chance to shout from the rooftop about the greatness of para-educators, clerical staff, food services workers, custodians, and transportation employees in your district.
EAST LANSING — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook regarding the release of the list of schools up for potential closure by the state’s School Reform Office:
“We all need to be dedicated to ensuring every child, regardless of their zip code, gets a great public education. But when it comes to closing schools through the School Reform Office, we need to take a hard look at how this process is working.
As legislators continue to attack school employees’ wages, benefits and pensions, the result isn’t just a shortage of full-time teachers. School districts are struggling to find substitute teachers — a trend that could reach crisis proportions if not addressed quickly.
AFT Michigan and MEA Presidents call for Gov. Snyder to protect, enhance school funding in State of the State
LANSING — With infrastructure challenges the likely focus of tonight’s State of the State address, members of the state’s two school employee unions are hoping to hear a commitment from Gov. Rick Snyder that much-needed repairs won’t come at the expense of students’ education.