After months without action, House Bill 5707 – the bipartisan bill that would freeze the percentage of evaluations based on student growth at 25 percent instead of a planned increase to 40 percent – will receive a hearing this Thursday in the House Education Reform Committee. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis), addresses one…Details
Redistricting, minimum wage, earned paid sick time and voting reform measures earn recommendation of state’s largest school employee union
EAST LANSING – At their last meeting, MEA’s Board of Directors voted to support four of the ballot measures that should appear on the November ballot and recommend that our members and other supporters of public education vote YES on these proposals.Details
This week’s strike and picketing by the Ferris Faculty Association reminds us all what Labor Day means — so join MEA and AFT Michigan members as they come together all over Michigan on Monday in #RedForEd solidarity. Labor Day events are planned across the state. Visit our Action Network page to find an event near you…Details
BIG RAPIDS – The faculty at Ferris State University went on strike as of 8 am today, announced Charles Bacon, president of the Ferris Faculty Association (FFA). The FFA represents approximately 450 tenure track faculty. The faculty contract expired June 30. The administration bargaining team refused to bargain for two months preceding the contract expiration…Details
BIG RAPIDS – The following statement regarding the faculty strike at Ferris State University can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart: “This morning, I have the honor of walking a picket line with my union sisters and brothers of the Ferris Faculty Association in their efforts to settle a fair contract with the university.…Details
MEA President urges University administration to respect faculty and settle contract BIG RAPIDS – The Ferris Faculty Association (FFA) voted overwhelmingly this evening to go on strike, citing a lack of progress at the bargaining table and unwillingness by the administration to bargain in good faith. The FFA represents approximately 450 full-time faculty at the…Details
Bailey Rothe graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2017 with certification to teach English and social studies. Now she has a job—and a union family. Rothe accepted a position with Lansing Public Schools in March and joined MEA for the member benefits, job protections and sense of community it provides, she says. “Lansing is such…Details
According to court paperwork, the state will appeal a recent ruling that education employees were owed additional interest on the 3 percent of their salary illegally withheld from them from 2010-12. This is the latest delay in justice regarding the 3 percent case, which public education employees won last year at the Supreme Court unanimously…Details
August 14, 2018
By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association
In 2000, Betsy DeVos suffered a spectacular loss at the polls in her attempt to get private school vouchers funded by state taxpayers. Nearly 70 percent of Michigan voters rejected that year’s DeVos-funded ballot measure, which ended her push for public funding of private and religious schools.Details
Educators have more time and additional opportunities to provide feedback to both the state and MEA on controversial proposed changes to Michigan’s K-12 social studies standards.
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has extended the deadline for submitting online comments and added new dates for in-person feedback. In addition, MEA wants your thoughts on the proposed standards to help guide a formal position statement the union will be submitting. Visit MEA’s Action Network page to view the standards and share your feedback with us.
Proposed changes pushed by conservative Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) have sparked criticism and heightened public interest in the debate over what children should learn about history and human society from kindergarten through high school.Details