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Labor Voices: COVID surge makes classroom too dangerous for students

April 14, 2021 By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association The return to in-person learning in most districts means increased vigilance around safety measures is imperative. Michigan’s recent surge in COVID-19 cases is a danger to our students, families and communities.   Case numbers for kids 10-19 years old have skyrocketed. School outbreaks rose 47% over the last week of March and first week…

Legislature Returns to Long “To Do” List

The State Legislature returns to Lansing this week after Spring Break to a long “to do” list of important topics for public education. Federal COVID Relief and 2021-22 Education Budgets With COVID-19 cases on the rise, ensuring safety and student learning assistance are critical.  The Legislature still has $841 million in federal COVID relief funding from December to send out…

MDE Responds to Fed’s Denial of Waiver for State Assessments

The Michigan Department of Education has informed school districts that during the COVID-19 pandemic, it does not support requiring otherwise remote or virtual students to be brought into school solely for the purpose of state assessment. That policy guidance was issued in light of the U.S. Department of Education’s denial of Michigan’s request to waive mandated state assessments this spring amid…

Aspiring Educators Find Community in Service

In an annual tradition made difficult by the pandemic, aspiring educators from Michigan State University have again completed a service project at an area school to show appreciation to educators and see firsthand the power of community in education. The group of about 20 future educators spruced up a staff lounge at Waverly Middle School in Lansing, cleaned up the…

Universal vaccine eligibility starts Monday – SPREAD THE WORD

Beginning next week, all Michigan residents ages 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. As Michigan faces increasing cases, Gov. Whitmer has urged all providers to not turn someone away who wants the vaccine. "Because the quicker we can get to that 70 percent-plus (vaccinated) number, the better for every one of us," said Gov. Whitmer. Starting…

Add your name to national call to #CancelTheTests

The U.S. Department of Education has waived accountability measures tied to standardized tests for this year due to the pandemic, but has yet to act on a request from Michigan’s State Superintendent Michael Rice to waive the requirement that tests like the M-STEP be administered this spring in favor of benchmark testing already required by law. “This is not the…

Statewide Awards Given to School Support Professionals

Becky Lesh, a Waterford bus driver who serves as president of her MEA education support professional (ESP) local and vice-chair of the 7E Coordinating Council, has been named the 2021 Leon A. Brunner Award winner for her tireless work fighting privatization efforts and reversing cuts to positions and pay. In her five years as local president, Lesh successfully beat back…

Conference Lifts ESP Voices, Roles, Strength

If knowledge is power, then MEA member Timmery Foster figures she is helping to make a stronger union by attending this year’s ESP Statewide Conference. Not only did the Howell paraeducator spend time attending sessions at the conference for Education Support Professionals – held virtually this year because of the pandemic – but she also is gathering credits toward professional…

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