David McMahon Human Rights Award During his second year teaching, Frank Burger spoke up in support of other new teachers facing unfair criticism from their district superintendent. After voicing his concerns at a school board meeting, colleagues encouraged him to run for an open seat as association vice-president. Burger won, and he’s been a social…
by Brenda Ortega – MEA Voice Editor For the first time in decades, an entirely new slate of statewide officers will take the reins at MEA next month—and their first order of business will be to embark on a Listening Tour across Michigan. Incoming President Paula Herbart, Vice President Chandra Madafferi, and Secretary-Treasurer Brett Smith want…
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.
The bill that would ban school calendar and schedule as topics of bargaining did not come up for a vote this week – your calls and emails to lawmakers ensured the state House leadership could not rally enough “yes” votes to forward HB 4163 to the Senate.
We hear it often – “All politicians are the same. Why vote?” Or members tell us – “Why bother phoning or emailing legislators? They never listen anyway.”