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MEA recommended local school board candidates

Throughout the fall, MEA locals will be conducting interviews with candidates on the education and labor issues at play in their districts and recommending candidates for local school board positions up for election on Nov. 8. As of August 11, here is the complete list of MEA recommended candidates for local school board races (sorted alphabetically by school district): Clintondale…

Labor Voices
Labor Voices: Mentoring, professional support essential for educator retention

Michigan kids deserve the best and brightest educators. That seems like an uncontroversial statement, yet in the face of an educator shortage, some lawmakers have proposed significantly lowering our state’s teacher certification standards and making it easier for unqualified people to lead a classroom of young students. The last thing our state’s leaders should be doing is permanently weakening Michigan’s…

MEA announces remaining statewide recommendations for Supreme Court, education boards

EAST LANSING – Following an earlier announcement about continuing recommendations for several incumbent candidates, the Michigan Education Association on Tuesday issued the following candidate recommendations for the Nov. 8 general election: Michigan Supreme Court: Kyra Harris Bolden State Board of Education: Mitchell Robinson Michigan State University Board of Trustees: Renee Knake Jefferson and Dennis Denno Wayne State University Board of…

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Whitmer’s bipartisan higher-ed budget can help Michigan lead the way

Michigan’s economic future hinges on our state’s ability to attract good jobs and investments — and no factor is more critical in that endeavor than having an educated and trained workforce. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recognizes that, and it’s reflected in the new state budget that passed last Friday with overwhelming bipartisan support. The quality of a state’s workforce is the…

Educators praise passage of governor’s historic education budget that invests in kids

EAST LANSING — The Michigan Education Association on Friday praised the education budget agreement reached by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers from both parties, and educators are urging state leaders to continue working together to find solutions to the challenges facing our schools. “The Michigan Education Association praises Gov. Whitmer and legislative leaders for coming together for the sake of…

MEA announces candidate recommendations ahead of August primary election

EAST LANSING — Prior to the August primary election, MEA is proud to announce candidates who have earned the recommendation of MEA members through the union’s Screening & Recommendation process. The process, which looks at candidates’ positions on education and labor issues, is decided by MEA members who serve on S&R committees, based on policies and procedures adopted by members…

MEA announces initial candidate recommendations for Congressional races

EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Association is pleased to announce the following recommendations of candidates for Michigan Congressional districts: 3rd District – Hillary Scholten 6th District – Debbie Dingell 7th District – Elissa Slotkin 8th District – Dan Kildee 10th District – Carl Marlinga 12th District – Rashida Tlaib “Local educators interviewed candidates in their congressional districts and are…

MEA calls for immediate state House action on Oxford relief legislation

EAST LANSING — The Michigan Education Association is calling on the state House to immediately take action on legislation providing bureaucratic relief to students and educators affected by last fall’s Oxford school shooting. The state Senate on March 24 unanimously approved Senate Bills 940 and 941, sponsored by Sen. Rosemary Bayer, D-Keego Harbor. These bills would provide relief from days…

49 outstanding public school students awarded 2022 MEA Scholarship

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Education Association today announced the recipients of the 2022 MEA Scholarships, honoring exemplary public school students from across the state who will be attending a Michigan university next fall. Among the 426 applications submitted for scholarship awards this year, the MEA Scholarship Fund Trustees chose 22 new award recipients who will each receive $1,600.…

Labor Voices
Labor Voices: Let Michigan’s educators know you stand with them

This is Teacher Appreciation Week – but many who work in public education aren’t feeling particularly appreciated. Educators find themselves under relentless attack by a small-but-loud minority of political extremists who are polluting the public sphere with rage and disinformation. We need everyday Michiganders to stand up for educators and make their voices heard, because our children’s future is on…

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