Tune in this Saturday for Public Education Forum with Presidential Candidates

This Saturday, December 14, NEA will be co-hosting a public education forum with presidential candidates focused on economic, racial, and social justice. Answering questions from educators, parents, and students about how they will support strong public schools will be Sen. Michael Bennet, Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar,…

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Budget Deal Heads to Governor’s Desk

A supplemental budget bill awaits Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s signature after lawmakers this week approved a deal that restores money for isolated schools and autism services and increases funding for school literacy coaches. The spending measure ends a two-month standoff between Whitmer and legislative leaders. It increases the total budget by $573.5 million, including an additional $70.5…

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Opinion: Reevaluate teacher evaluations

November 20, 2019 By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association How would you like your child’s teacher to be evaluated? By the number of correct “bubbles” filled in on a standardized test? Or by creative lesson plans that develop critical thinking skills under that teacher’s tutelage? If you chose the latter, you are in good company.…

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MEA testimony urges flexibility in high school Merit Curriculum

Testimony continued Tuesday in the Senate Education Committee on legislation meant to provide local flexibility to the Michigan Merit Curriculum. MEA submitted written testimony about SB 600-601, supporting the direction of the bills to provide greater flexibility for districts to design high school requirements that meet the needs of their communities and their students at the…

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MEA member turned State Senator introduces repeal of reading retention

Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia), who just a year ago was transitioning from a high school English teacher to a state legislator, has introduced SB 633, which would strike the retention requirement in the 3rd grade reading law. In a recent Detroit News column, Polehanki shared her reasoning behind introducing the legislation.  “Let’s trust our teachers…

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Budget stalemate to continue into December after deal scuttled last week

Last week, a potential deal fell apart to end the standoff over supplemental appropriations to fill gaps in the state budget.  Now, with the Legislature’s fall hunting and Thanksgiving break upon us, a solution will likely wait until lawmakers return to Lansing in December. MEA members need to contact all our lawmakers and urge them…

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