Michigan school employees – take note: Your public is behind you, even if the politicians in Lansing don’t always seem to be.
Educators give freely of themselves – to planning and grading; to connecting with students and parents; to volunteering for school activities, committees, and projects. Too often, they sacrifice family time to get it all done – and their own children and spouses pay the price.
Dana Reynolds was an active teacher and coach in the Waterford School District for many years, but the MEA member suffered a medical malpractice injury nearly three years ago that caused him partial paralysis and forced him to retire.
In case you missed it over the long holiday weekend, Detroit Free press columnist Nancy Kaffer pulled no punches on the state’s Republican leaders who’ve reigned over several years of educational destruction in Michigan.
MEA member Luke Wilcox struggled after his parents divorced when he was in fourth grade. Living with his single mom, Wilcox received free and reduced lunches through his years at Northville High School.
You’ve heard the old saying about what to do when life gives you lemons, right? But what happens when life gives you a chapter book about lemonade stands – and your third-grade class falls in love with it?
Republican leaders in the House and Senate today pushed ahead with plans to close the school employee retirement system to new hires despite reluctance from Gov. Rick Snyder and other GOP lawmakers over staggering cost estimates from the state’s own budget experts and independent studies.
For many, latest pension legislation will be last straw
May 23, 2017 — The latest attempt by legislative leaders to destroy the school employee pension system adds to a long list of attacks on wages, benefits, collective bargaining rights and even the dignity of the teaching profession – attacks that are taking a toll.
Forty years ago, female teachers hid their pregnancies to keep their jobs. They made lower wages than their male counterparts. Discrimination and gender disparities were the reality for Karen White’s mother, Nancy, a teacher in Fraser.
For a split second, MEA member Leigh Osentoski thought her student was joking around – until reality set in.