This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week, including yesterday’s celebration of Teacher Day/School Family Day – a time to appreciate teachers, secretaries, bus drivers, aides, nurses, counselors, para-educators, maintenance workers, custodians, food services workers – the myriad of caring adults who together create our transformative public schools!
Travel and lodging expenses will be covered for teachers accepted into the 4th Annual National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property from July 16-21 in Denver, conducted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in collaboration with the University of Denver.
Education Support Professionals (ESP) who complete either of two upcoming NEA webinars will be eligible to receive credit in MEA’s ESP certification program. Both webinars are free and aimed at ESP audiences.
Senate Republicans had a choice to make this week – fixing roads or gutting school employee pensions – and they decided their priority is to eliminate retirement security for the dedicated professionals who staff our public schools.
The state is finalizing partnership agreements expected to keep open almost all of the 38 schools threatened with closure for having low test scores.
Several MEA member art teachers and their high school students blended artistic talents with ideas related to financial literacy, a topic not usually associated with beautiful visual imagery, in a contest hosted by Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner.
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is phasing out 12 teaching endorsements in subjects that are hard to fill or do not attract enough teaching candidates.
We still don’t know the substance of a coming attack on the school employee pension system, but we know it’s coming – and we’ve also learned Republican leaders plan to move quickly once legislation is introduced.
That means we need to be quicker.
We need to start calling and emailing state House and Senate lawmakers NOW to oppose this latest effort.
Closing off new employees to a defined benefit system would cost billions of dollars, leave dedicated educators without a secure retirement, and worsen the growing teacher shortage.
We’ll have a better chance of defeating plans to dismantle MPSERS if we stay on message and share individual stories. Put the arguments above into your own words. Tell your story, and share what’s happening in your family, your town, your region, the state of Michigan. Do it today!
Four MEA members were honored at the 2017 MEA Awards for Human Rights & Excellence for their inspiring activism and dedication to craft. “We are so far from being finished with all of these movements,” said one. “I’ll keep going as long as I have energy.”
Beginning Sept. 1, Paula Herbart will serve as the new President of the Michigan Education Association.