Even though we have collective bargaining and local contracts, we know the struggles faced by our colleagues in Arizona, West Virginia, Oklahoma and everywhere else in the country where educators are rising up in protest. Stifling standardized tests. Aging textbooks and technology. Shrinking take-home pay for school employees. Lack of respect for our profession. And systematic shortchanging of students and their education.Details
March 21, 2018
By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association
How much does it cost to provide a student with an adequate education?
The short answer: much more than we are currently spending. A report released last month should be a wake-up call for policymakers to fix Michigan’s education funding system. The study by a diverse group of business leaders and education experts pegged the base per-pupil cost to educate a K-12 student in Michigan at $9,590, an increase of 16 to 26 percent over current funding levels of $7,600 to $8,300 per pupil.Details
MEA is committed to ongoing efforts to stop gun violence in our schools – see below for updates on how you can support the cause.Details
FROM MEA PRESIDENT PAULA HERBART MEA members, Throughout the day, MEA has been monitoring the situation around the shooting at Central Michigan University that locked down that campus and the surrounding K-12 school systems. While the shooter has not been apprehended as of this writing, we know that law enforcement has been helping to ensure…Details
From newspaper editorial pages, to social media hashtags and MEA’s petition drive, our members are raising their voices against calls by President Donald Trump to arm teachers – especially given that such a proposal has already passed the state Senate in Michigan.Details
When it comes to Michigan’s new third grade reading law, which set down instructional and reporting mandates for K-3 schools and classrooms to launch beginning last fall, lawmakers and educators have some areas of consensus. Parent involvement in their children’s education is good. A team approach among educators is helpful. Training teachers in best practices…Details
There was a time when MEA member Gale Tosto was afraid to speak up about injustice. But two weeks ago, when devastating U.S. immigration policies reached into her first-grade classroom in Berkley, Tosto and a parent/teacher/friend did more than raise their voices.Details
One cool thing lead to another for MEA member Shawn Murphy and his National Honor Society students when he was planning the group’s biannual trip to Chicago.Details
The 2019 AEM Professional Development Conference announcement is now available for download.
The conference will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at MEA Headquarters in East Lansing.
Contact Rebbecca Ernst at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-333-6250 with questions.