Survey of 15,000 Michigan educators shows health and safety concerns paramount in return to in-person learning

Educators also concerned about class size, standardized testing, teacher evaluations in reopening Michigan’s school buildings EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Association today released a major statewide survey of more than 15,000 educators with findings related to COVID-19’s impact on public education, including the health and safety concerns that are front of mind for educators…

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Statement from MEA President on education and the fight against racism

EAST LANSING — The following statement can be attribute to MEA President Paula Herbart in response to the ongoing protests and racial unrest in our country: “The protests we have witnessed across our state and throughout the nation over the past several days should serve as a wake-up call for both police officers and citizens.…

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Education community pushes for federal support for education amidst COVID-19

Educators, parents, students, community members participate in ‘virtual rally,’ urging Congress to make Michigan’s students top priority  LANSING — Thousands of Michigan educators, parents, students and community members today called for federal relief for education amidst the continuing COVID-19 pandemic during a Facebook Live “virtual rally.” The Our Children, Our Future coalition urged Congress to…

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On the passing of former MEA President Steven Cook

EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Association is sad to announce the death of former President Steven Cook, who passed away Tuesday after battling a non-COVID-19 illness. The longest-serving officer of any NEA state affiliate, Cook was the first education support professional to serve as president of the Michigan’s largest school employee union, serving in…

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Fifty-one outstanding public school students awarded 2020 MEA Scholarships

EAST LANSING — The Michigan Education Association today announced 51 recipients of the 2020 MEA Scholarships, honoring exemplary public school students from across the state who plan to attend a Michigan public university next fall.   Among the 401 applications submitted for scholarship awards this year, the MEA Scholarship Fund Trustees chose 29 new award…

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Otsego Public Schools food service workers provide 100,000th meal to local families

EAST LANSING – Otsego Public Schools food service workers on Monday provided their 100,000th meal to local families since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The West Michigan school district’s experience is indicative of other districts statewide that are continuing to serve meals to students in need. “We knew it was going to come at…

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Statement of support for Gov. Whitmer’s continued handling of public health crisis

EAST LANSING – The following can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding MEA’s continued support of Gov. Whitmer’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis and the need for decisions going forward centered on public health protection: “As Michigan citizens continue to follow Stay Home, Stay Safe orders designed to flatten the curve of COVID-19…

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