Tune in to Teletown Hall with Gov. Whitmer

You can listen now as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and members of her education policy staff join MEA, AFT Michigan, and AFSCME for a Teletown Hall following her Thursday announcement that schools will remain closed for the rest of this school year. Whitmer told thousands of union members assembled on the call: “I know this is hard,…

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Districts, educators to develop plans to continue student learning as school year suspended

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-35 earlier today, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year — unless restrictions are lifted — and ensures at-home learning will be provided to students, families in need will still be provided meals, and all school employees will continued to receive…

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Statement from MEA President about suspension of school year due to COVID-19

EAST LANSING – The following can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding Gov. Whitmer’s executive order suspending in-person school operations for the rest of the school year (or until schools are deemed safe to reopen): “The Michigan Education Association supports Gov. Whitmer’s executive order to close in-person public school operations to help slow…

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April 1 is Census Day – Be Counted Today!

With the ongoing crisis, it’s more important than ever to participate in the ongoing, once-a-decade United States Census. Today, April 1, is Census Day! Do your part by completing your Census form and encouraging others to do the same! Millions in federal funding for education programs depend on getting a complete count of Michigan residents…

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Whitmer: Schools Unlikely to Reopen in 2019-20

Given the unprecedented public health emergency unfolding across Michigan and the rest of the U.S., Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said during a radio interview this morning it is “very unlikely” that students in Michigan will return to classrooms before the end of the 2019-20 school year. MEA leaders and staff are part of ongoing conversations with…

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Latest from NEA on federal coronavirus package 

In addition to earlier Congressional action on paid leave time, last night the Senate passed a bi-partisan $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes economic support for households and additional funding for public education.  The House is set to vote as soon as possible on the bill.  Read NEA’s summary…

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Thanking districts doing right by employees – and ensuring more do so 

Advocacy continues to ensure all school employees are paid, all students are educated “MEA wants to thank the many school districts that have done the right thing and continued paying all school employees during this closure,” said MEA President Paula Herbart today, as the COVID-19 school closures approach the two-week mark. “From teachers to hourly…

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Educators Tap Robotics Knowledge, Connections to Aid in Coronavirus Battle

When MEA member Lisa Weise first volunteered to coach a robotics team at Holt High School, she knew little about building a robot but was game for a challenge. Now just five years later, her experience and connections are helping to combat the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan. A biology teacher and 2004 Michigan Science Teacher…

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