Loss of Librarians Hurts Literacy Efforts

By Brenda Ortega

MEA Editor

Certified school librarians are an endangered species in Michigan.

Even as politicians have toughened academic standards and passed a strict new third grade reading law, school districts across the state have cut professional library staff to balance budgets under pressure from state per-pupil funding cuts.

Member Spotlight – MEA-Retired member Ruth Westbrook

Little do her Michigan friends know, but MEA-Retired member Ruth Westbrook – who worked at schools in Pontiac, Highland Park, and Troy – has lived out scenes similar to the Academy Award-winning movie Hidden Figures. Westbrook, 76, followed in the footsteps of African-American women depicted in the film, human math computers at NASA who fought segregation and discrimination to build trailblazing careers at the space agency.

MEA Voice magazine highlights Michigan educator shortage crisis

‘Disappearing Educator’ article explores growing problem of attracting and retaining teachers, support staff

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Education Association yesterday released the February edition of the MEA Voice magazine, featuring an article that explores Michigan’s growing school employee shortage crisis. The article, “The Disappearing Educator,” investigates why experienced teachers are leaving early and why young people aren’t pursuing the education profession.