Branwyn Jones has taught English at Michigan’s oldest community college for nearly 30 years, but it wasn’t until she and her colleagues joined MEA and negotiated their first contract that she says she earned her Ph.D. – in contract bargaining.
MEA lawyers filed a brief this week with the Michigan Supreme Court in support of the union’s 2010 lawsuit seeking the return of money taken from school employees’ paychecks to fund retiree health care.
State education officials have submitted a revised education plan to the U.S. Education Department (USED) that does not include a letter-grading accountability system.
This Labor Day will be especially meaningful for art teacher Sally Purchase, and she hopes her colleagues and their families from Muskegon Community Schools turn out to make a big statement at the holiday parade and community celebration.
In a few weeks, my six years as MEA’s president comes to an end. Reflecting on everything that’s occurred during this turbulent time — including unprecedented political attacks on the education profession — I’m struck by two things.
For members attending MEA’s Summer Leadership Conference this week in Sault Ste. Marie, the event’s title is more than just a name – “leadership” is the central focus of this year’s event designed to jumpstart the new school year.
The new law that changes the state’s retirement system for school employees (PA 92), passed in June and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in July, will affect new hires for the most part. But provisions for buying service credit will change for everyone.
A large number of MEA members have stepped forward to serve on a newly created committee that will help guide the state’s implementation of the new federal law that replaces the No Child Left Behind Act.
A new MEA training is available to help teachers understand the components of the new K-3 reading law and what will be required of educators beginning this year and beyond.
Once again this year, we will repeat a popular $30 dues rebate that nearly 5,000 members took advantage of last year to save approximately $140,000.