For Mandy Spitzley, it was about respect. Spitzley joined nearly all of her colleagues who gathered outside Lakewood Elementary School in Ionia County Wednesday morning in a show of collective unity that included educators from more than 100 school buildings across the state. The 13-year veteran teacher participated in the #WearRedForPublicEd Wednesday Walk-in because she wants…
An inconvenient rain delay became a bright spot for aspiring educators from Michigan State University completing a service project at a Lansing elementary school.
Dual school safety measures proposed by lawmakers in the Michigan House and Senate would provide a modest grant fund to pay for enhanced building security in schools across the state, but neither plan includes money to boost mental health supports that many educators say are most needed.
K-12 schools are expected to receive a per-pupil spending boost of approximately $120-$240 in next year’s state budget, based on separate spending plans moving through the House and Senate which closely align with Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal for increased foundation allowances.
Even though we have collective bargaining and local contracts, we know the struggles faced by our colleagues in Arizona, West Virginia, Oklahoma and everywhere else in the country where educators are rising up in protest. Stifling standardized tests. Aging textbooks and technology. Shrinking take-home pay for school employees. Lack of respect for our profession. And systematic shortchanging of students and their education.
Just glancing at Facebook pictures yesterday showed the huge number of Michigan educators who participated in #WearRedForPublicEd. Those numbers are sure to grow next Wednesday – and every Wednesday through the end of the school year – as MEA members are asked to wear red to show solidarity for their profession and their students.
MEA members are getting strong representation in the game show circuit this week and next.
Jon Fielbrandt is a high school chemistry and math teacher in Warren. He’s also a gun owner who thinks arming teachers is a bad idea, so he joined hundreds of MEA delegates to the spring Representative Assembly who delivered that message to state policymakers on Friday.
By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association
Last week began the soul-crushing season of standardized test taking in Michigan schools. The overemphasis on “bubble tests” dulls the love of learning for both students and educators. And it’s about to get worse.
Flint schoolchildren will receive universal screening for effects of lead exposure related to the Flint water crisis, and educators will receive training on identifying children potentially harmed by lead poisoning, under a lawsuit settlement announced this week.