Since taking office in September, MEA’s new leadership team has criss-crossed the state to conduct dozens of Listening Tour events. More events are coming up, but if you can’t make it in person – join the conversation online.Details
Parents, community members and educators need to take action to stop legislation giving for-profit charter schools a cut of millages that voters approve to supplement funding for neighborhood public schools.
SB 574 would require money from regional enhancement millages to be given to charter and virtual schools located in the communities that approve the additional taxes. Enhancement millages are regional tax levies approved by voters within a region and administered by intermediate school districts.
Under SB 574, the money raised would have to be split with charter schools that exist in the region and virtual schools that are headquartered within its boundaries. Six regions currently have enhancement millages through these ISD’s: Wayne-RESA, Kalamazoo, Kent, Midland, Monroe, and Muskegon.
The bill passed the State Senate this week and now heads to the House for further consideration and debate. State Representatives need to hear now from constituents – especially parents – to oppose this new money grab being pushed by for-profit charter and cyber schools.Details
Longtime MEA activist and Lansing teacher Deborah McMillan was posthumously awarded the 2017 MEA Distinguished Service Award, our organization’s highest honor, during last weekend’s Representative Assembly.Details
Several candidates for Michigan governor addressed delegates at the MEA Fall Representative Assembly last weekend in speeches that framed the high stakes for public education in next year’s election. Given the urgent need to restore educator voices to the policymaking arena, we are committed to creating avenues for MEA members to hear from candidates about…Details
For MSU student Zach Barnes, what started as an assignment to produce a short project in his documentary film class became a mission – to tell the story of how today’s climate of teacher bashing and underfunding public education has affected one Michigan community.Details