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Standing United with Oxford’s Educators and Students

Dear MEA Family, I wanted to reach out to you today to offer my heartfelt thoughts and emotions in the wake of yesterday’s senseless tragedy in Oxford. Words can’t convey all that those of us in the education community are feeling with another school shooting shattering what should be a safe space. Yesterday, NEA President Becky Pringle and I issued…

Decline to Sign Latest Voucher Scheme

On Monday, the State Board of Canvassers approved revised summary language for a new voucher scheme, including important details about the cost and discriminatory practices in the description voters will see on the petition. The decision moves the GOP-backed scheme forward to signature collection – and signals the beginning of Decline to Sign efforts by a ballot committee formed to…

Michigan Teachers of the Year Visit White House

Cara Lougheed, 2019-20 Michigan Teacher of the Year, and Owen Bondono, 2020-21 Michigan Teacher of the Year, prepare for their visit to the White House. The past two Michigan Teachers of the Year – both MEA members – had the opportunity of a lifetime when they recently visited the White House, with one likening his experience to an episode of…

Support Staff Conduct Picketing in Lapeer

Education support professionals in Lapeer held an informational picket along Main Street last week to call attention to the fact they are working under an expired contract despite negotiating on a new agreement since last January. The 125 members of Lapeer Education Support Personnel believe their previous sacrifices during challenging financial times for the district should be recognized and compensated now…

Labor Voices
Labor Voices: School support staff are invaluable to education efforts

Much of the tireless work that goes into educating our public school students happens behind the scenes. Michigan’s support staff professionals are the heartbeat that keeps our public schools running. Far too often, they go without thanks or recognition, yet our schools could not operate without them — and this year in particular they’re working extra hard. They make sure…

State Super to Aspiring Educators: ‘Make Your Voices Heard’

Next January 8 will mark 20 years since President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind (NCLB) – federal legislation that ushered in a destructive era of high-stakes standardized testing and so-called “accountability” for educators and public schools. Michigan State Superintendent Michael Rice noted the upcoming anniversary during a wide-ranging, hour-long virtual chat last week with Aspiring Educators of…

MEA President on latest DeVos-inspired voucher scheme

EAST LANSING — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding the announcement of an unconstitutional school voucher ballot campaign that tries again to end run Gov. Whitmer and voters: “Michigan voters have resoundingly opposed attempts by mega-donors like Betsy DeVos to enact voucher schemes in our state. We value our neighborhood public schools and know…

Support Gov. Whitmer Veto of DeVos-Inspired Voucher Scheme

Betsy DeVos The Republican-controlled Legislature recently fast-tracked legislation that would set up a $500 million voucher program, pulling money from our public schools to funnel money to private schools. This Betsy DeVos-inspired scheme is in direct conflict with the Michigan Constitution’s ban on public support for private schools – a ban voters have consistently supported. Gov. Whitmer said she will…

Lawmakers Pushing Numerous Partisan Bills Toward Veto

In addition to pushing an unconstitutional voucher bill, Republican leaders in the state House and Senate have been moving a number of controversial measures that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is likely or promising to veto. From bans on mask mandates to bills restricting educators’ speech on issues of race, to a resolution condemning U.S. Justice Department efforts to stem right-wing groups…

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