MEA Survey Points to Educator Concerns

In February, MEA released a statewide survey of nearly 2,600 educators, with the vast majority of those surveyed saying the state’s acute educator shortage and its impact on students is the most pressing issue facing Michigan schools. Ninety-one percent of respondents said they were extremely or very concerned about the educator shortage, followed by concerns […]

BIG NEWS! Changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness Announced–Act Now

Last month, MEA member Shelley Hall got a pleasant surprise worth $89,000. Following an October announcement of changes to the federal loan forgiveness program for public service employees, Hall had emailed a technical question to the loan servicing agency about her application. She opened the reply in late November while riding in the car with […]

MEA Joins Pilot to Retain New Educators

Meet a few mentors and mentees testing high‑quality supports MEA member Aric Foster is a National Board Certified Teacher who coaches wrestling and track, works with student teachers, serves as his district’s student-teacher liaison for Oakland University, has taught university courses for aspiring educators—and calls himself “proficient” instead of “master.” At age 43—21 years into […]

‘We are at a tipping point’

MEA’s officers are worried about educators. Yet visits with members across the state have renewed their hope and vigor. MEA President Paula Herbart, Vice President Chandra Madafferi, and Secretary-Treasurer Brett Smith separately have spent time visiting schools and field offices, meeting with members, observing in classrooms, listening. Herbart is convinced the status quo in many […]