By Brenda Ortega MEA Voice Editor Before graduating from a Pontiac high school 36 years ago, MEA member Tony Pittman was a star quarterback and baseball player who dreamed of going pro. Like many, Pittman played out his hopes in college but not beyond, then moved on to working and raising a family. Now the…
MEA survey shows 96 percent of educators spend personal money on supplies while Congress debates eliminating $250 Educator Expense Tax Deduction
Michigan has won approval from the U.S. Department of Education (USED) for the state’s plan to comply with the federal law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Pontiac elementary students got a yummy lesson in garden-to-table nutrition recently when they harvested 500 pounds of potatoes from the school vegetable patch. The Kensington Church volunteers and food service staff used the bounty to whip up cheesy potatoes for everyone.
EAST LANSING – The federal tax plans put forward by Republican leaders in Congress attack educators and threaten funding for public school students – which is why MEA President Paula Herbart urged Michigan’s Congressional delegation to oppose these dangerous proposals.
November 15, 2017
By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association
If an experiment fails, the reasonable response is to end it and try something different. Not so regarding cyber charter schools, based on the actions of lawmakers who continue to fully fund these schools in the face of mounting evidence that they are a spectacular failure at improving academic achievement.
The role of student growth in teacher evaluations is a big topic of concern for educators – and it’s also the focus of an important webinar happening this Wednesday at 4 p.m. The 60-minute session is the second in a six-part webinar series that can be used toward SCECH requirements. This session of the free…
A message from Drew Campbell, president of the MEA ESP Caucus Board:
As we celebrate American Education Week November 13-17, please be sure to recognize the education support professionals in your buildings for all that they do on a daily basis to keep schools running and our students safe.
The theme of the 2018 Bargaining, Public Affairs & Professional Development Conference could not be more timely: “Nevertheless, We Persist—Don’t Stop Believing.” MEA members have persisted through relentless attacks on public education, and we stand strong today.
Lawyers for MEA and AFT Michigan argued before the Michigan Supreme Court Wednesday in a dramatic culmination to a seven-year legal battle the two unions have waged seeking the return of $550 million taken from the paychecks of 200,000 public school employees.