Michigan’s Teachers of the Year will gather together in Lansing on July 5 to celebrate their formation of a new statewide organization dedicated to cultivating teacher leadership.
EAST LANSING – The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME:
Update 6/13: On Tuesday, June 12, the Legislature held its final session day prior to the summer break. The education budget passed, as outlined below – including negative language changes impacting partnership schools and districts. Notably on that front, there was recognition by some that the language and structure of the partnership agreement amendments leaves…
Standardized test scores and other student growth measures are poised to take on even greater significance in Michigan classrooms next fall – if state lawmakers fail to act on proposed legislation before adjourning for the summer.
The percentage of a Michigan teacher’s evaluation that is tied to student test scores will jump to 40 percent from 25 percent currently, unless lawmakers pass House Bill 5707 to stop the mandated increase from going into effect next school year.
State lawmakers have nearly worked out a budget deal that includes modest funding increases for K-12 schools, community colleges and higher education, but several policy changes – including one to punish so-called “partnership” schools in struggling communities – may be holding up the process and should not be included in the spending plan. Contact your…
The Michigan House has passed a school safety plan that would create a statewide school safety commission and provide grant money for schools to improve building security.
A package of bills aimed at improving teacher preparation at Michigan’s colleges and universities awaits passage from the House after emerging from a contentious approval process in the Education Reform Committee.
Just glancing at Facebook pictures yesterday showed the huge number of Michigan educators who participated in #WearRedForPublicEd. Those numbers are sure to grow next Wednesday – and every Wednesday through the end of the school year – as MEA members are asked to wear red to show solidarity for their profession and their students.
The percentage of a Michigan teacher’s evaluation that is tied to student test scores would remain at 25 percent instead of jumping to 40 percent next fall, under legislation recently introduced at the recommendation of MEA.
Bills that would eliminate paid release time for union officials have passed the Senate Education Committee in spite of opposition from numerous school superintendents.