Republican leaders in the state House and Senate are pushing hard to pass damaging education bills before a new Legislature can be seated. MEA lobbyists need your help—NOW IS THE TIME TO RAISE YOUR VOICE. Education policy changes being bandied about both chambers in the eleventh hour could increase the stakes on standardized test scores…Details
Morning update: The House bills on union release time (HB 6474 and 5368) DID NOT pass out of the House Education Reform Committee this morning. While this is good news and a sign that your lobbying efforts are working, it does not mean the issue is settled – there are a variety of ways the…Details
Wednesday’s lame duck session was as an attack on working Michiganders with the gutting of the minimum wage and earned paid sick leave legislation in the Senate. Some of the biggest changes: SB 1171 allows for $12 minimum wage and a $4 minimum wage for tipped workers by 2030. No increase to $12 minimum wage…Details
EAST LANSING – Republican State Board of Education member Tom McMillin today joined MEA President Paula Herbart in urging legislators not to move forward with passage of HB 5526, creating a new “A-F” school grading system. “This new grading scheme will do nothing to improve low performing schools nor will it increase student achievement. However…Details
We know it’s a busy time of year, but be alert during the upcoming “lame duck” session of the Legislature for Calls to Action from MEA. Our lobbyists are monitoring education-related bills that could be taken up without notice in the next three to four weeks. MEA member activism matters! In the past two years,…Details
Statement from MEA President Paula Herbart
DETROIT – The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding tonight’s victory by Gretchen Whitmer in the race for Michigan governor:
“Today a few million Michiganders joined tens of millions of Americans across the country in exercising their most fundamental right in a democracy—voting. We witnessed a “course correction” for Michigan, for our nation and for public education.Details
After months without action, House Bill 5707 – the bipartisan bill that would freeze the percentage of evaluations based on student growth at 25 percent instead of a planned increase to 40 percent – will receive a hearing this Thursday in the House Education Reform Committee. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis), addresses one…Details
Educators have more time and additional opportunities to provide feedback to both the state and MEA on controversial proposed changes to Michigan’s K-12 social studies standards.
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has extended the deadline for submitting online comments and added new dates for in-person feedback. In addition, MEA wants your thoughts on the proposed standards to help guide a formal position statement the union will be submitting. Visit MEA’s Action Network page to view the standards and share your feedback with us.
Proposed changes pushed by conservative Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) have sparked criticism and heightened public interest in the debate over what children should learn about history and human society from kindergarten through high school.Details
LANSING – Following last week’s Court of Claims ruling that school employees were owed additional interest on 3 percent of earnings illegally withheld from them by the state, leaders of the unions that made the request of the court called on the state to not appeal the case any further.Details