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Meeting Space Requests

If your group/team would like to reserve meeting space at MEA Headquarters, please complete the form linked here. Please submit the completed form along with any questions you may have to Dominique Muse at dmuse@mea.org. You can also contact her by phone at (517) 337-5491. To ensure enough time for processing, please submit this form 14 days before your event.…

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Huron students benefit from COVID relief funding for trauma, mental health

Krystal Lewis, Huron School District social worker. Amid the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Huron School District educators recognized the rise in student trauma and behavioral health concerns and immediately took steps to address both pressing issues. Specialized training was initiated for district social workers and counselors, fueled by federal funding from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. The…

Higher education budget increases coming in budget negotiations

In addition to positive budget proposals for PreK-12 schools, state budget proposals for community colleges and universities are strong as well for 2024-25. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget plan, that came out the beginning of February, calls for a 2.5% increase in funding for the state’s 15 public universities and 28 community colleges. Both the House and Senate are also recommending…

Award-winning Farmington union leader shares his ‘why’ – and how

By Brenda Ortega MEA Voice Editor A high school special education teacher in Farmington, Chris DeYonke (center) received the Paul Blewett Friend of Education Award earlier this month at the MEA Representative Assembly. A few years into his role as president of the Farmington Education Association (FEA), Chris DeYonke was marking member information in a spreadsheet when he stumbled across…

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Construction Career Days event inspires students

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and MEA President Chandra Madafferi attended the Michigan Construction Career Days event hosted by Operating Engineers Local 324 at their training center in Howell. More than 4,500 students from across Michigan gathered in Howell last week for two days of hands-on experience with tools, materials and heavy equipment as part of the 16th annual Michigan Construction Career…

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Rochester educator named Teacher of the Year

Rochester High School teacher Kelley Cusmano is introduced as the 2024 Michigan Teacher of the Year at a surprise school event on May 7. Surrounded by over 1,600 students, family members, colleagues, and supporters, Rochester High School teacher Kelley Cusmano was presented with Michigan’s Teacher of the Year award for 2024 by State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. Cusmano, a veteran…

MEA announces Congressional recommendations for McDonald Rivet and Swartz

EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Association announced Friday the recommendations of Kristen McDonald Rivet for the 8th Congressional District and Jessica Swartz for the 4th Congressional District. “At the local level, MEA members interviewed the candidates and have made careful decisions to recommend in these races because our students need members of Congress who’ll stand up for them,” said…

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