By Brenda Ortega MEA Voice Editor In Part Four of our series tracking one school year in the lives of two early career educators, both have reached the final stretch of the academic calendar—only to focus anew on beginnings.The teachers have emerged into spring reflecting on lessons learned with an eye to continuous improvement. The…
By Brenda Ortega MEA Voice Editor Becky Schipper has served on the bargaining team for her Hudsonville Education Association in some capacity for 15 years, and during that time not much changed in the art of negotiating—until now. Schipper’s team piloted a sophisticated new online MEA bargaining tool for EA units that she says replaces…
Two dozen Michigan schools from 21 districts will be newly offered a “Partnership Agreement” with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to improve academic performance over the next few years or face additional consequences.
The “partnership agreement” model of addressing schools with low test scores began one year ago to avoid the controversial move of closing down neighborhood schools. This year’s list includes 16 charter schools.
MEA-Retired member Lynn Gregg, whose photography entry won this year’s “Best in Show” award at the MEA-MAEA Art Exhibition, says he captured the winning shot while aboard a moving train. Gregg was touring Saint Kitts Island in the Caribbean from an open-air train when he saw a smiling mother holding her baby and waving from…
March 21, 2018
By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association
How much does it cost to provide a student with an adequate education?
The short answer: much more than we are currently spending. A report released last month should be a wake-up call for policymakers to fix Michigan’s education funding system. The study by a diverse group of business leaders and education experts pegged the base per-pupil cost to educate a K-12 student in Michigan at $9,590, an increase of 16 to 26 percent over current funding levels of $7,600 to $8,300 per pupil.
MEA is committed to ongoing efforts to stop gun violence in our schools – see below for updates on how you can support the cause.
EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Association is pleased to announce recommendations from our Statewide Screening & Recommendation Committee for Jocelyn Benson for Secretary of State and Dana Nessel for Attorney General.
MEA is strongly opposing a bill that would attach A-F letter grades to schools – a move that would only serve to worsen the current over-emphasis on standardized test scores and slap stigmatizing labels on schools in high-need communities.
MEA member Jody Mackey’s middle school students in Traverse City are used to doing news interviews, often on camera, as part of their digital media class. But this video project was different.
From newspaper editorial pages, to social media hashtags and MEA’s petition drive, our members are raising their voices against calls by President Donald Trump to arm teachers – especially given that such a proposal has already passed the state Senate in Michigan.