MEA President statement on approval of FY20 budget agreement

EAST LANSING — The following can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding today’s approval of an agreement between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature on the current year’s state budget: “I applaud Gov. Whitmer and legislative leaders for working together to pass this budget plan, which will help minimize the negative impact the […]

House to consider GOP Return to Learn bills that could outsource educators

UPDATE 7/22 – On largely party line votes, HBs 5910-5913 passed the House Education and Ways & Means Committees before being passed on the House floor Wednesday evening. Deviations from party lines included Rep. Scott VanSingel (R-Grant), who was the sole GOP vote against HB 5910 but voted in favor of the other three bills […]

Current-year budget fixes on tap Wednesday at Capitol

The Legislature is expected to enact a supplemental budget bill this week to address pandemic-driven revenue shortfalls for the school year that ended in June. As announced a few weeks ago, Gov. Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders agreed to a budget resolution that filled funding gaps with federal CARES Act dollars, State Budget Stabilization Fund […]

Budget Deal Closes Current Year’s Shortfall

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders announced a deal on Monday evening to address the current year (Fiscal Year 2020) budget shortfall in part by allocating funds from the federal CARES Act sent to Michigan earlier this year. Monday’s announcement only deals with the current year budget gap – this does nothing to solve next […]

MEA lays out priorities for a safe return to in-person learning

EAST LANSING — Following more than 15,000 survey responses from educators and discussions about the needs of both students and school employees, today MEA announced three key priorities the state’s largest education union feels must be fully addressed as we look toward safely returning to school buildings this fall. As our mission indicates, we believe […]

Apply now to be appointed to state boards & commissions

There are hundreds of state boards, committees, commissions, councils and task forces that Gov. Whitmer needs to make appointments to – many of which impact the day-to-day lives of Michigan’s children and educators.  If you’re interested in being appointed to one of these state posts, you can apply online at  Some of the positions […]