MEA statement on legislation allowing concealed weapons in schools

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…

MEA statement on new districts in MDE Partnership Agreement discussions

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…

New MEA Officers Take Reins at MEA; Embark on Listening Tour

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.”

New ad campaign highlights support staff as ‘unsung heroes’

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…

MEA Voice magazine highlights Michigan educator shortage crisis

‘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.

MEA response to release of potential school closing list

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.

Wear Red for Public Ed on Tuesday, Jan. 17th

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…