Legislators urged to flunk “A-F” grading bill

EAST LANSING – Republican State Board of Education member Tom McMillin today joined MEA President Paula Herbart in urging legislators not to move forward with passage of HB 5526, creating a new “A-F” school grading system. “This new grading scheme will do nothing to improve low performing schools nor will it increase student achievement. However…

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Win for Whitmer is Win for Students, Educators

Statement from MEA President Paula Herbart

DETROIT – The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding tonight’s victory by Gretchen Whitmer in the race for Michigan governor:

“Today a few million Michiganders joined tens of millions of Americans across the country in exercising their most fundamental right in a democracy—voting.  We witnessed a “course correction” for Michigan, for our nation and for public education.

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MEA announces recommendations for Supreme Court, Congress, Education Boards

EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Association is pleased to announce our recommendations for important races for the Michigan Supreme Court, Congress, and the four statewide education boards. For the Michigan Supreme Court, while only two seats are available, MEA is recommending our members cast their ballot for two of three exceptional candidates for the…

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MEA announces support for four ballot measures

Redistricting, minimum wage, earned paid sick time and voting reform measures earn recommendation of state’s largest school employee union

EAST LANSING – At their last meeting, MEA’s Board of Directors voted to support four of the ballot measures that should appear on the November ballot and recommend that our members and other supporters of public education vote YES on these proposals. 

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MEA President — on picket line in Big Rapids — statement on Ferris State faculty strike

BIG RAPIDS – The following statement regarding the faculty strike at Ferris State University can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart: “This morning, I have the honor of walking a picket line with my union sisters and brothers of the Ferris Faculty Association in their efforts to settle a fair contract with the university.…

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State to appeal ruling granting additional interest from 3% case

According to court paperwork, the state will appeal a recent ruling that education employees were owed additional interest on the 3 percent of their salary illegally withheld from them from 2010-12. This is the latest delay in justice regarding the 3 percent case, which public education employees won last year at the Supreme Court unanimously…

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Labor Voices: No public tax dollars for private schools

August 14, 2018

By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association

In 2000, Betsy DeVos suffered a spectacular loss at the polls in her attempt to get private school vouchers funded by state taxpayers. Nearly 70 percent of Michigan voters rejected that year’s DeVos-funded ballot measure, which ended her push for public funding of private and religious schools.

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