Almost every year since joining MEA as a Paw Paw school bus driver in 1991, Pat Miller-Coy has entered artwork in the MEA/MAEA Art Acquisitions Purchase Exhibition.
MEA, AFT Michigan see potential in education commission report – if lawmakers take full slate of recommendations and goals seriously
The 21st Century Education Commission report, released today, provides some stark warning signs about public education and some well thought out ideas for how to address issues. But unless lawmakers take the entire report to heart – instead of cherry-picking concepts to implement – real change won’t be possible.
The 38 schools threatened with closure by the state School Reform Office (SRO) could get a reprieve if they decide to enter into a partnership agreement with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).
Many education advocates have expressed concern about a federal bill, H.R. 610, that would implement a nationwide voucher system and repeal nutrition standards for school lunches. However, NEA leadership is recommending our members not give undue attention to the bill, but remain vigilant about the threats that a Trump/DeVos administration mean for public schools nationwide.
A national NAACP task force studying education quality has been traveling the country gathering input from educators, parents, advocates, and policy experts – and the latest stop is Detroit for a hearing Wednesday night.
While MEA is glad to see lawmakers included a “hold harmless” provision for the School Aid Fund in proposed income tax rollback legislation HB 4001, that doesn’t solve the long-term problems caused by eliminating a major revenue stream for our state to provide essential services to its citizens.
A bill to repeal the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Michigan also would allow parents to opt their students out of any school activity – including classroom tests and assignments – among a number of poorly designed provisions in the proposal.
EAST LANSING — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook regarding MEA’s opposition to HB 4192, which would repeal the Common Core standards in Michigan (the bill is up for a hearing today in the House Committee on Michigan Competitiveness):
By Brenda Ortega/ MEA Voice Editor
Years ago when MEA member Pamela Nickelson first started using body movement to help children learn and remember concepts in her classroom, the East Lansing music teacher was simply following her instincts.
Closing a neighborhood school can be devastating for students, families and communities. And what does it solve? Shutting down schools does nothing to address complex problems — a truth conveniently ignored by proponents of school choice who push monetizing public education as a magic bullet.