MEA member Jody Mackey’s middle school students in Traverse City are used to doing news interviews, often on camera, as part of their digital media class. But this video project was different.
From newspaper editorial pages, to social media hashtags and MEA’s petition drive, our members are raising their voices against calls by President Donald Trump to arm teachers – especially given that such a proposal has already passed the state Senate in Michigan.
On Saturday, a coalition of Michigan labor unions and allied groups are organizing a teach-in to highlight the connection between the Labor Movement and Civil Rights. “Labor and Civil Rights: The Tie That Binds” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Northwest Activity Center (18100 Meyers Rd., Detroit, 48235).
State Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood is hosting a townhall in Taylor on Tuesday, Feb. 27, regarding the recently introduced “TeA+chers for Michigan” legislation. These 22 bills include key pieces of legislation about preparing, attracting, and retaining Michigan’s best educators.
Lenny Dantinne had a strong reaction when he got an MEA email announcing our big win in the 3 percent case just before the holiday break in December—and it wasn’t only about the money his two-teacher household would be receiving back. “I felt completely vindicated, because we had been battling Governor Snyder on something that…
Kate Steele is an Adrian middle school technology teacher with a master’s degree, but she rang up a lot of student loan debt to get there—and like many educators, she has struggled to make huge monthly payments on a teacher’s salary. With $104,000 in loan debt, Steele was shelling out $534.53 a month for seven…
Recess Aides have a tough job that’s often thankless. But Mitzi Thornton knows nearly every kid at Linden Elementary School—and she gets rewarded in hugs. A recess aide does more than watch the playground, right? Oh, yes. You have to keep an eye out for fights or bloody noses. Name calling. The kids fall; they…
There was a time when MEA member Gale Tosto was afraid to speak up about injustice. But two weeks ago, when devastating U.S. immigration policies reached into her first-grade classroom in Berkley, Tosto and a parent/teacher/friend did more than raise their voices.
One cool thing lead to another for MEA member Shawn Murphy and his National Honor Society students when he was planning the group’s biannual trip to Chicago.
Three Plymouth-Canton teachers traveled together to MEA’s Bargaining, Public Affairs & Professional Development conference last week – but they all carried home different lessons.