New Innovative Educator Corps Accepting Applications

Applications are being accepted now through Nov. 16 for the Innovative Educator Corps, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced. The Innovative Educator Corps (IEC), authorized under the Marshall Plan for Talent (PA 227 of 2018), is a new recognition program for Michigan teachers who employ an innovative educational program, methodology, or strategy to help…

Time Added for Input on Social Studies Standards

Educators have more time and additional opportunities to provide feedback to both the state and MEA on controversial proposed changes to Michigan’s K-12 social studies standards.

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has extended the deadline for submitting online comments and added new dates for in-person feedback. In addition, MEA wants your thoughts on the proposed standards to help guide a formal position statement the union will be submitting. Visit MEA’s Action Network page to view the standards and share your feedback with us.

Proposed changes pushed by conservative Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) have sparked criticism and heightened public interest in the debate over what children should learn about history and human society from kindergarten through high school.

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.