Labor Voices: This time, there’s a will to act to protect students from gun violence

Hana St. Juliana. Tate Myre. Madisyn Baldwin. Justin Shilling. Arielle Anderson. Brian Fraser. Alexandria Verner. I could spend the 600 words of this column just printing the names of young people killed by gun violence in our schools, starting with these seven murdered at Oxford High School and Michigan State University. Because, frankly, I’m running […]

From MEA and MSU Administrative Professionals Association Presidents on Monday’s tragic shooting on MSU campus

EAST LANSING — Educators everywhere are reeling this morning after yet another tragic school shooting, this time on the campus of Michigan State University. “Our hearts go out to the victims’ loved ones, as well as to the students, faculty and staff at MSU – many of whom are MEA administrative professional members and aspiring […]

Labor Voices: Lawmakers should act quickly to implement Whitmer’s tutoring plan

The pandemic’s impact on our children’s learning is well documented – now state leaders must make academic recovery a top priority and focus resources on school-based tutoring to get students the help they need. Between COVID, remote learning, mental health, school violence and more, Michigan students have struggled with unprecedented challenges these past few years. […]

MEA statement responding to Whitmer State of the State address

EAST LANSING — The following can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address on Wednesday evening: “Gov. Whitmer showed again tonight what being a pro-education governor looks like – and now, with allies in the Legislature, Michigan students and educators can count on desperately […]

DeVos-backed voucher scheme petitions withdrawn

On Monday, the Secretary of State’s office announced that the DeVos-backed voucher initiative, “Let My Kids Learn,” withdrew their petitions from consideration. The multi-million dollar attempt by DeVos and Co. to implement a school voucher scheme in Michigan has officially failed! DeVos’ attempt to circumvent the will of the public by initiating a law with only legislative […]