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Labor Voices: Mentoring, professional support essential for educator retention

Michigan kids deserve the best and brightest educators. That seems like an uncontroversial statement, yet in the face of an educator shortage, some lawmakers have proposed significantly lowering our state’s teacher certification standards and making it easier for unqualified people to lead a classroom of young students. The last thing our state’s leaders should be doing is permanently weakening Michigan’s…

Pontiac paraeducator finds special takeaways at MEA Summer Conference

Gabby Price Pontiac paraeducator Gabby Price attended her first MEA conference last week, caught a front-row seat to a well-attended motivational talk by former NBA player Tim McCormick, responded with a smile to the speaker’s light-hearted banter and left with an autographed basketball. More importantly, she said in an interview after the conference session, she learned so much at the…

Get ready for the new year with MEA’s Summer Essentials Webinars

MEA’s Center for Leadership and Learning is holding a series of free afternoon webinars this week and next on topics such as classroom management, motivating students, building a basic website for school projects and more. The Summer Essential Webinar series brings you powerful ideas and strategies that will be the most impactful for you as educators and will serve as…

Visionary education budget creates programs to recruit teachers

Brittany Perreault Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently signed a historic education budget that will alleviate many of the hurdles facing those who are considering a career in education but can’t afford it. In addition to a monumental increase to education funding as a whole, the 2022-23 education budget includes: $305 million for a Future Educators Fellowship to provide grants of up…

MEA announces remaining statewide recommendations for Supreme Court, education boards

EAST LANSING – Following an earlier announcement about continuing recommendations for several incumbent candidates, the Michigan Education Association on Tuesday issued the following candidate recommendations for the Nov. 8 general election: Michigan Supreme Court: Kyra Harris Bolden State Board of Education: Mitchell Robinson Michigan State University Board of Trustees: Renee Knake Jefferson and Dennis Denno Wayne State University Board of…

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Whitmer’s bipartisan higher-ed budget can help Michigan lead the way

Michigan’s economic future hinges on our state’s ability to attract good jobs and investments — and no factor is more critical in that endeavor than having an educated and trained workforce. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recognizes that, and it’s reflected in the new state budget that passed last Friday with overwhelming bipartisan support. The quality of a state’s workforce is the…

Another record-breaking education budget for Michigan students

In the early hours of July 1, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders came to an agreement on School Aid and Higher Education budgets for the coming school year that continue to break records for funding opportunities for Michigan students and educators. With constant advocacy from Gov. Whitmer starting with her February budget proposal, the final budget spends a record…

Educators praise passage of governor’s historic education budget that invests in kids

EAST LANSING — The Michigan Education Association on Friday praised the education budget agreement reached by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers from both parties, and educators are urging state leaders to continue working together to find solutions to the challenges facing our schools. “The Michigan Education Association praises Gov. Whitmer and legislative leaders for coming together for the sake of…

MEA announces candidate recommendations ahead of August primary election

EAST LANSING — Prior to the August primary election, MEA is proud to announce candidates who have earned the recommendation of MEA members through the union’s Screening & Recommendation process. The process, which looks at candidates’ positions on education and labor issues, is decided by MEA members who serve on S&R committees, based on policies and procedures adopted by members…

Launch Michigan Framework connects school reinvention, resources and responsibility

Launch Michigan — a broad coalition of education, labor, business, philanthropic and civic organizations dedicated to improving Michigan’s education system for all students — has released its Framework for transforming Michigan’s educational system to equip students for a world economy. The Framework is unique in its scope, ambition, and density. No other education transformation effort in recent memory goes so…

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