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NEA & MEA Presidents, AG Nessel visit Lincoln Park’s Resilient Schools program

(From right) NEA President Becky Pringle, MEA President Paula Herbart, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and MEA Vice President Chandra Madaferri learn about the Resilient Schools Program during a visit to Lincoln Park Public Schools on Friday. (Credit: Jeffrey Sauger) School visit highlights the district’s Resilient Schools Project, expanded by COVID-19 funds LINCOLN PARK, Mich. — National Education Association President…

NEA, MEA President Roundtable with Farmington Educators & Students

(L-R) Farmington Superintendent Dr. Christopher Delgado, MEA President Paula Herbart and Farmington School Board President Terri Weems talk during today’s visit to Warner Middle School. (Credit: Jeffrey Sauger) FARMINGTON, Mich. - Following the largest education investment in Michigan’s history of $17 billion – which closed the funding gap between the highest- and lowest-funded school districts all without raising taxes –…

Senate GOP push bills banning local control over masking and other health decisions

On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate Education Committee advanced a series of bills that would bar local school districts from requiring masks and other measures to keep students and educators safe. SBs 600-603 now go to the full Senate for their consideration – the bills prohibit a variety of health and safety mandates from the state, local health departments and individual…

Higher ed budget deadline looms in Legislature

With just 15 days to go before the state’s fiscal year deadline, budgets for universities and community colleges for this school year are waiting to be finalized in the Legislature.  Votes are expected in coming days and MEA members are urged to contact their lawmakers to support the Senate and Governor’s funding plan. Earlier this year, the Republican Senate-passed SBs…

COVID-19 pushes Cedar Springs teacher to realize dream of outdoor classroom

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. — Determined to overcome hurdles created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan Education Association member Audrey Debri took her Young Fives classroom to the great outdoors.  Throughout Debri’s 10 years at Cedar Trails Elementary School, she often dreamed of making her goal of an outdoor classroom a reality as she regularly walked nature trails with her students. Little…

Register Now for Free SCECH-Eligible Webinars

The latest series of MEA’s SCECH-eligible webinars focuses on pedagogy and practice, featuring expert member-led sessions, along with offerings made possible by partnerships with state universities, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), and other education organizations. The "Practice Makes Perfect Progress" Webinar Series starts Sept. 9 with one-time sessions ranging from 90 minutes to two hours long continuing through mid-November.…

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Labor Voices: Address Michigan’s educator shortage by reducing student debt

Skyrocketing student loan debt is a major contributor to Michigan’s educator shortage crisis. Addressing college affordability is a critical step to ensure we have enough teachers and staff to meet student needs. Student debt has forced many talented young teachers out of Michigan classrooms as they struggle to make ends meet while making large monthly loan payments on some of…

MEA President statement of solidarity with Oakland University faculty seeking a fair contract

EAST LANSING — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding the ongoing efforts by Oakland University’s faculty union to settle a fair contract:   “From Pre-K through Higher Education, nothing is more important to student success than having quality educators. To attract and retain exceptional people in our profession, educators deserve respect and compensation requisite of…

Complete a Free, SCECH-eligible Module on Social-Emotional Learning

As a new school year begins, and the pandemic continues, students at every grade level will need an extra focus on social-emotional learning and health. The Michigan Department of Education is offering a free SEL training and encouraging educators to complete it by Labor Day. The two-hour, SCECH-eligible online module hosted by Michigan Virtual is part of a campaign launched…

Studies Review Student Performance and Third Grade Retention

Two reports on Michigan students’ performance in the 2020-21 school year were released on Tuesday – one looking at K-8 learning gains on benchmark assessments given at the beginning and end of the year and the other a review of third-graders identified for retention under the Read by Grade Three law. The two reports echo findings from other states across the…

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