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.
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.
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.
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.