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MEA announces candidate recommendations in several Michigan Congressional races

EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Association announced Wednesday the following recommendations of candidates for Michigan Congressional districts: 3rd District: Rep. Hillary Scholten 6th District: Rep. Debbie Dingell 7th District: Curtis Hertel Jr. 10th District: Carl Marlinga 12th District: Rep. Rashida Tlaib 13th District: Rep. Shri Thanedar “MEA members at the local level have carefully chosen our recommended congressional candidates…

Whitmer’s preK-14 education plan a game-changer for students

By Chandra Madafferi More than ever, our kids need a running start at a high-quality public education and a boost as they graduate from high school to prepare for the competitive modern workforce. It starts in preschool, which provides the building blocks for student learning and development of essential social skills to last a lifetime. It continues in our K-12…

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Whitmer’s universal preK-14 plan is a ‘game changer,’ MEA president says

Governor Gretchen Whitmer EAST LANSING — Michigan Education Association President Chandra Madafferi, a teacher from Oakland County, issued the following statement Wednesday in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address: “Gov. Gretchen Whitmer again showed tonight why she’s the most pro public education governor Michigan has ever seen. The governor’s plan to provide every student with universal…

Reforming retirement system will attract and retain quality educators

By Chandra Madafferi I feel optimistic when meeting first-year educators, who tell me they are excited and ready to face the future. Many say they still chose to go into the profession despite others trying to talk them out of it. These are educators we desperately need to keep – for the sake of our students. Thankfully, we are seeing…

Educators have reasons for gratitude this holiday season

By Chandra Madafferi One of the most important things we can do during the holidays is take time to practice gratitude and remind ourselves of all that we are grateful for. This holiday season, Michigan educators, parents and supporters of public education have a lot to celebrate. Thanks to the hard work of Michigan Education Association members working together as…

New survey: Student outbursts, threats pose challenge for teaching and learning environments

Photo: Vecteezy EAST LANSING — Michigan educators are facing significant challenges to both student learning and their own workplace satisfaction due to an increase in disruptive student behavior, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Michigan Education Association, the state’s largest educators union. A majority of educators surveyed reported experiencing student outbursts, damaged property or verbal threats, and more…

Banned Books Week: October 1 – 7, 2023

This Banned Books Week, be sure to check out MEA's "Freedom to Read" series, which explores how educators across Michigan are fighting back against political extremists and working to protect students' freedom to read. In the five-part series, MEA Voice Editor Brenda Ortega — a former reporter with the Los Angeles Times — examines growing calls from partisan political operatives…

Statement from MEA President on UAW working toward a contract settlement

EAST LANSING — Michigan Education Association President Chandra Madafferi, a teacher from Oakland County, released the following statement Friday: “We hope a resolution can be found soon in the contract negotiations between the UAW and the Detroit Three automakers. The economic impacts of a drawn-out work stoppage would be devastating for our local communities, including autoworkers and their families, small…

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