Legislative Calls to Action

Fix teacher evaluation NOW!
The state Legislature is expected to take action this fall on legislation to fix Michigan’s broken teacher evaluation system. Senate Bill 395, introduced by state Sen. Dayna Polehanki (an MEA member and former teacher), is expected to receive a committee hearing soon. Please ask your state senator and representative to vote YES on SB 395. 

Restore quality retirement benefits for educators
Please contact your state lawmakers and urge them to support restoring pension benefits for school employees. Over a decade ago, state lawmakers stripped away pension benefits from new educators. To attract and retain quality educators, our state must provide teachers and support staff with good pay, health coverage and retirement benefits. 

Make quality health care more affordable for school employees
To attract and retain quality educators, state lawmakers must repeal Public Act 152 and restore educators’ ability to bargain quality, affordable health benefits for ourselves and our families. PA 152 — the so-called “hard cap” law — has placed a crushing financial burden on school employees by placing an artificial cap on the amount school districts can spend on employees’ health coverage. 

Share your workplace violence story with lawmakers
In our schools, behavior issues – ranging from unsafe actions to outright violence – are threatening the safety of both students and the educators who work with them every day. Share your story and encourage lawmakers to work with local educators to ensure that our schools are safe spaces for students and employees alike.


NEA president’s school visits spotlight Michigan successes: ‘I will tell your stories everywhere I go’

By Brenda Ortega MEA Voice Editor NEA President Becky Pringle and MEA President Chandra Madafferi serve free breakfast to students at Dublin Elementary in Walled Lake, the first stop of a two-day, four-district tour. NEA President Becky Pringle visited four school districts in Michigan last week to see what change looks like when a governor [...]