New Michigan Teacher of the Year Focuses on “Big Things”

Michigan’s newest Teacher of the Year keeps “big rocks” glued to the back of her cell phone.

Not those kind of rocks. The three typed reminders stuck on her phone represent her top priorities as an educator – their metaphorical name taken from the work of author Stephen Covey, known for his best-selling self-help book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.   

It’s time to tell lawmakers: Value Students. Respect Educators. Fund Our Schools.

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.

Labor Voices: School funding a wake-up call

March 21, 2018

By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association

How much does it cost to provide a student with an adequate education?

The short answer: much more than we are currently spending. A report released last month should be a wake-up call for policymakers to fix Michigan’s education funding system. The study by a diverse group of business leaders and education experts pegged the base per-pupil cost to educate a K-12 student in Michigan at $9,590, an increase of 16 to 26 percent over current funding levels of $7,600 to $8,300 per pupil.