This Labor Day will be especially meaningful for art teacher Sally Purchase, and she hopes her colleagues and their families from Muskegon Community Schools turn out to make a big statement at the holiday parade and community celebration.
In a few weeks, my six years as MEA’s president comes to an end. Reflecting on everything that’s occurred during this turbulent time — including unprecedented political attacks on the education profession — I’m struck by two things.
The new law that changes the state’s retirement system for school employees (PA 92), passed in June and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in July, will affect new hires for the most part. But provisions for buying service credit will change for everyone.
A large number of MEA members have stepped forward to serve on a newly created committee that will help guide the state’s implementation of the new federal law that replaces the No Child Left Behind Act.
A new MEA training is available to help teachers understand the components of the new K-3 reading law and what will be required of educators beginning this year and beyond.
Once again this year, we will repeat a popular $30 dues rebate that nearly 5,000 members took advantage of last year to save approximately $140,000.
In the last week, Gov. Snyder has signed legislation setting the education budget for next year and enacting retirement changes for new school employees. The retirement legislation, SB 401, passed in June despite bipartisan opposition. An analysis of the bill shows the variety of impacts it will have on new school employee retirement, including maintaining a…
Building off of the successful Women’s Marches in January, this Saturday, July 22, activists will March for Public Education in Washington, D.C. and other cities around the country. In Michigan, marchers will gather in Detroit at Clark Park in Southwest Detroit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Their goal is to “stop the attack on…
The bill that would ban school calendar and schedule as topics of bargaining did not come up for a vote this week – your calls and emails to lawmakers ensured the state House leadership could not rally enough “yes” votes to forward HB 4163 to the Senate.