EAST LANSING – Michigan Education Association President Paula Herbart issued the following statement today on Senate consideration of SBs 584-586, allowing concealed weapons in schools: “MEA strongly opposes this legislation for the safety of students and school employees alike. Education and parent groups have joined us in opposing this misguided legislation because they too understand…
EAST LANSING – The following statement can be attributed to Paula Herbart, President of the Michigan Education Association, in response to today’s announcement by the Michigan Department of Education regarding additional districts entering “partnership agreement” discussions to improve student achievement at some of their schools: “State Superintendent Brian Whiston’s announcement today regarding continuation of ‘partnership…
EAST LANSING – This September, a new team of MEA officers have taken the helm of the state’s largest school employee union. President Paula Herbart, Vice President Chandra Madafferi and Secretary-Treasurer Brett Smith are kicking off their time in office with a statewide listening tour to hear from the experts on the front lines of public education – the dedicated teachers and school support staff working every day with Michigan’s students.
“In this fast-paced, information overloaded society, individuals are longing to be heard. Educators are especially eager to share their thoughts, their hopes and their frustrations,” Herbart said. “That’s why we’re going around the state to listen to the passions and concerns of our members and learn what we can do to help. We need to listen to the experts on the front lines – and we’re going to take those stories with us to policymakers in Lansing and Washington in our role as statewide education leaders.”
MEA has launched a new video highlighting the important role education support professionals play in schools across Michigan. The video features MEA education support professional members, like paraprofessionals, bus drivers, secretaries, food service workers, custodians, maintenance workers and others who help kids in our schools achieve and learn. “Education support professionals are a critical part of our…
While every March is Reading Month, critical reading skills have taken on even greater importance recently given the third-grade reading legislation passed by the Michigan Legislature last year.
UPDATE – March 14:
Don’t let the jargon and acronyms scare you away – the big policies behind how schools run in Michigan is under review, and you have two more days to comment on it.
While MEA is glad to see lawmakers included a “hold harmless” provision for the School Aid Fund in proposed income tax rollback legislation HB 4001, that doesn’t solve the long-term problems caused by eliminating a major revenue stream for our state to provide essential services to its citizens.
‘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.
EAST LANSING — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook regarding the release of the list of schools up for potential closure by the state’s School Reform Office:
“We all need to be dedicated to ensuring every child, regardless of their zip code, gets a great public education. But when it comes to closing schools through the School Reform Office, we need to take a hard look at how this process is working.
On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the U.S. Senate will hold a confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-Elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education. DeVos and her wealthy, right-wing family are no strangers to Michigan educators and students, who have suffered for years under policies the DeVoses have pushed as mega-donors to the Republican Party. That’s why…