Social Justice

Social Justice

MEA is committed to social justice for Michigan students, school employees and the public at large. Education can be a powerful force for change and MEA members, as educators, can foster that change in our communities and our schools.

As MEA’s platform states, “Every person, regardless of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or physical, mental or emotional disability, has the right to equal opportunity for education and employment and equal rights of citizenship as established in the nation and state by the constitutions, statutes and judicial decisions.”

Social Justice News

House committee to act on bill gagging curriculum on race, gender issues

The House Education Committee voted along party lines Tuesday to forward a bill to the House floor seeking to bar discussion in schools about important issues of race and gender in classrooms and limit the professional expertise of educators to help students develop important critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Sponsored by Rep. Andrew Beeler (R-Fort Gratiot), HB 5097 would bar “any…

Local Actions Combat Bullying Behavior at Board Meetings

Engagement * Bargaining * Advocacy * Justice * Empowerment * Support by Brenda Ortega MEA Voice Editor One philosophy of the union bargaining team at Clarkston Community Schools says if it’s a problem for one, it’s a problem for all. For local president Daryl Biallas, that value now extends to a spate of attacks on school boards, administrators and educators…

Members of Color Invited to October Roundtable Discussions

MEA members who identify as people of color are invited to upcoming roundtable discussions to explore concerns, interests and preferences among this important group of educators. These events will be held throughout October at MEA offices in Lathrup Village (Oct. 7), Kalamazoo (Oct. 14), Grand Rapids (Oct. 20), Flint (Oct. 21) and East Lansing (Oct. 28). Dinner will be served at…

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 Madafferi 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…

AG Nessel leads charge against ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

On Monday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel led a coalition of 23 attorneys general from across the country urging the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice to reinstate and expand 2014 guidance designed to help public schools meet their obligations under federal law to administer student discipline equitably. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and U.S.…

Latest MEA Leg Priorities advocate for equality; oppose SB 218’s attack on transgender equality

Educators on our Legislation Commission and Board of Directors work every two years to ensure our Legislative Priorities reflect MEA’s values. Among the values embraced in this guiding document, amended and adopted this spring, is language advocating for the rights of ALL students and educators – and opposing bills like SB 218 that attack transgender equality. The bill, introduced by…

Sign up today for latest round of MEA social justice book studies

A new round of SCECH-eligible virtual book studies is now open for member signups!  Brought to you by MEA’s Center for Leadership & Learning, these five-week online group discussions center on two important books to help educators improve their skills as advocates for social and racial justice for our students and our society: “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo – Two…

Virtual Winter Conference a Success

It’s not a surprise that registrations for this year’s virtual MEA Winter Conference were down by about one-third from normal times when our union’s biggest event of the year is held over three February days in Detroit. That makes it even more impressive that requests for State Continuing Education Clock Hours – SCECHs needed to satisfy professional development requirements –…

MEA Book Studies Tackle Timely Yet Difficult Topics: Racism, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

By Brenda Ortega MEA Voice Editor When Dawn Weaver facilitates trainings or discussions around race, she talks with educators about the importance of creating “windows and mirrors” in their classroom practice. Dawn Weaver “I’ve always tried to have representation—not just for African-American students but any marginalized individuals—and make sure that everybody in my class is seeing themselves and seeing others,” the MEA…

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