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Legislation

Educators deserve to have their voice heard in policy decisions about public education. That’s why MEA works hard to keep members informed about what’s happening in Lansing and Washington, and help raise the voices of school employees on these critical issues.

Legislation News

Call to Action: Evaluation Bills Need to Move

Some long-awaited proposed changes to the state’s educator evaluation system have been introduced in the Michigan Legislature. Now action is needed to push lawmakers to move the bills. One pressing issue for educators – the percentage of student growth included in teacher evaluations – has two GOP-sponsored measures awaiting action. That student growth requirement is set to increase from 25…

Whitmer Urges Release of Federal Funds—ADD YOUR VOICE! 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called out GOP leaders in the state House and Senate today for withholding federal COVID relief money approved by Congress last December, which included $1.7 billion for the state’s schools to address safety concerns amid the pandemic. More than 95% of schools in the state have announced plans for some level of in-person learning to resume by…

Tell Lawmakers to Send ALL Federal COVID Relief to Students, Schools Today!

Lawmakers in both the State House and State Senate are delaying release of bipartisan federal education funding meant to help schools address the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing political maneuvering instead of distributing taxpayer dollars the way Congress intended. Michigan House Republicans passed a proposal that made distribution of these critical funds to schools contingent on the governor giving up important powers…

MEA President statement on Gov. Whitmer budget recommendations

EAST LANSING — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding the state budget recommendations announced today by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: “Gov. Whitmer has once again shown her commitment to public education by proposing the largest investment in public schools in Michigan history. Increased per-pupil support is badly needed after decades of inadequately funding public education…

Governor Unveils Budget Proposal

Updated 2/11 On Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released a proposed state budget for next year which includes per-pupil funding increases for K-12 schools, a 2% bump in overall higher education spending, and one-time expenditures to address fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Gov. Whitmer has once again shown her commitment to public education by proposing the largest investment in public schools…

Whitmer, Stabenow, Bass Light Up MEA-PAC Event

Reflecting on the past year, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told attendees at a virtual MEA-PAC event on Friday that we are “still in the tunnel,” but there is light at the end, and “the commitment I’ve made is centered around supporting you and the kids you help every single day.” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer “The teachers and the incredible support staff in…

MEA President: Michigan’s schools need federal relief dollars today

EAST LANSING — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart calling on the Legislature to distribute federal COVID relief funding immediately to Michigan schools: “Michigan’s public schools need funding immediately to support the dedicated, hardworking educators who are serving the unique needs of students and families during this pandemic and beyond. We must unleash all the…

Tell Lawmakers Our Students Are Not Political Pawns – FUND OUR SCHOOLS!

On Wednesday, the Michigan House Republicans issued a proposal that made distributing bipartisan federal education funding contingent on the governor giving up important powers to protect public health, including closing schools and suspending activities like athletics if data about how the virus is spreading warrants it. “We need bipartisan action, not political gamesmanship,” said MEA President Paula Herbart. “Educators and students…

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