This is How We Do It

Welcome to the first edition of “Lobbying Insider,” a new recurring feature in MEA Voice to give members a behind-the-scenes look at MEA’s legislative advocacy. By David Michelson and Christina Canfield, MEA Lobbyists MEA lobbyists have analyzed data from an MEA member survey regarding teacher evaluations. The lobbyists have worked hard to find common ground with…

Voices Flowed Like Water

For seven months this year, the words of Flint-area students poured from copper pipes whenever spigots were turned in an innovative “sound mural” commissioned by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Visitors to the museum placed their ears next to faucets to hear digital recordings of the students’ poems, letters,…

Start of a Journey

Follow two young teachers through one school year in this series chronicling the ups and downs of life as a new educator in stories continuing through next August. In this issue, we launch the START OF A JOURNEY series with an introduction to Brittney Norman and Zack Griffin. One is brand new to the job,…

MEA Targets Unfair Layoff

Jennifer Schwein taught kindergarten for 14 years in Riverview Community School District, where she earned an “effective” rating on every year-end evaluation she received. Yet she was pink-slipped in 2015 ahead of others—including a less experienced teacher who also scored “effective” but with lower numeric scores. Schwein, 51, still has not been recalled to a…