A little more than one year ago, Gov. Rick Snyder announced his plan to form a 21st-Century Education Commission to study ways to improve the state’s education system. Today that group issued its non-binding report.
MEA, AFT Michigan see potential in education commission report – if lawmakers take full slate of recommendations and goals seriously
The 21st Century Education Commission report, released today, provides some stark warning signs about public education and some well thought out ideas for how to address issues. But unless lawmakers take the entire report to heart – instead of cherry-picking concepts to implement – real change won’t be possible.
EAST LANSING — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook regarding MEA’s opposition to HB 4192, which would repeal the Common Core standards in Michigan (the bill is up for a hearing today in the House Committee on Michigan Competitiveness):
‘Disappearing Educator’ article explores growing problem of attracting and retaining teachers, support staff
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 President: Increases are a step in the right direction
Billionaire Betsy DeVos Confirmed as US Secretary of Education in Closest Cabinet Confirmation Vote in History
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.
EAST LANSING — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook regarding the release of the list of schools up for potential closure by the state’s School Reform Office:
“We all need to be dedicated to ensuring every child, regardless of their zip code, gets a great public education. But when it comes to closing schools through the School Reform Office, we need to take a hard look at how this process is working.
As legislators continue to attack school employees’ wages, benefits and pensions, the result isn’t just a shortage of full-time teachers. School districts are struggling to find substitute teachers — a trend that could reach crisis proportions if not addressed quickly.
AFT Michigan and MEA Presidents call for Gov. Snyder to protect, enhance school funding in State of the State
LANSING — With infrastructure challenges the likely focus of tonight’s State of the State address, members of the state’s two school employee unions are hoping to hear a commitment from Gov. Rick Snyder that much-needed repairs won’t come at the expense of students’ education.
EAST LANSING — The Michigan Education Association is praising the Senate’s decision to table costly legislation that would have forced all new school employees into a defined contribution, 401(k)-style retirement plan.
“Tabling this discussion rather than ramming this legislation through is the right decision,” said MEA President Steven Cook. “Education leaders and fiscal experts agree that dismantling the school employee retirement system would have been bad for school employees, parents, kids and taxpayers.”