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MEA announces candidate recommendations for November general election

EAST LANSING — With absentee ballots for November’s general election going out this week, 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…

Survey: Staff shortage, student mental health are top concerns among MI educators

EAST LANSING — The ongoing educator shortage and student mental health are the top challenges facing Michigan teachers and education support professionals, according to a new survey of educators released Wednesday by the Michigan Education Association. “These last few years have been extremely challenging for our students, educators and parents, and this survey makes it clear what the real issues…

Parents, advocates speak against divisive attacks on education

Parents, education advocates and several candidates for office came together during a break in the monthly State Board of Education meeting on Tuesday to speak out against organized right-wing attacks that are attempting to divide parents and educators. The State Board’s vice president, Pamela Pugh, said ongoing disruptions and divisive rhetoric at school board meetings are meant to weaken public…

MEA announces Earl Wiman as interim executive director

EAST LANSING – Earl Wiman, Ed.D, has been named interim executive director of the Michigan Education Association. Most recently having served as executive director of the New Mexico Education Association, Wiman has a decades-long history of service and advocacy within public education in his home state of Tennessee. He worked in Tennessee’s public schools for 35 years, serving as a…

Need loan forgiveness help? Register for MEA’s drop-in assistance!

UPDATE 8/26: All drop-in sessions are currently at capacity -- we'll provide updates here about further opportunities. Despite the rapidly approaching Oct. 31 deadline, many MEA members are eligible for college loan forgiveness through the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program but haven’t yet applied for a temporary waiver that could speed up debt elimination. Are you unsure if you…

Labor Voices
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…

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