by Brenda Ortega – MEA Voice Editor It was a Friday in April, 2016, when Annie Howard got the news. The Adrian art teacher expected the ultrasound at a Toledo hospital would confirm an issue with the umbilical cord in her 24-week pregnancy. Instead she struggled to process a deluge of information about the fetus: Absent…Details
Teacher Evaluations According to MEA member survey results, drastic changes to the teacher evaluation system in Michigan over the past several years have drained educator morale already battered by stagnant pay and declining benefits. Now a new MEA training cadre aims to empower teachers to make any evaluation tool used by their district clearer, fairer,…Details
by Brenda Ortega – MEA Voice Editor “Sara” never imagined she could fear a kindergarten student, but the paraeducator from an affluent, high-achieving school district in the eastern part of the state says she was traumatized by routinely being bitten, kicked, and punched by a five-year-old child in class. The classroom aide, who asked not to…Details
MEA member Luke Wilcox struggled after his parents divorced when he was in fourth grade. Living with his single mom, Wilcox received free and reduced lunches through his years at Northville High School. It was public school teachers who pushed him to reach his potential, helping him rise to become valedictorian of his graduating class,…Details
As part of her library’s excellence award, Plymouth-Canton media specialist and technology coach Kathy Lester is available this year for mentoring and consultation. MEA member Kathy Lester has been working to reverse a dramatic slide in Michigan’s commitment to funding quality school libraries. Now she has an additional way to raise awareness that librarians are…Details
Melissa Kempski is the 2017 PBS Digital Innovator for Michigan. The K-5 technology and library specialist in Lake Orion was recognized for integrating digital media and resources into classrooms in a “bold and fresh” way to spark students’ love of learning. What’s an example of connecting technology to the curriculum? We’ve been using Bloxels on…Details
June 13, 2017 —The details are the most critical thing when it comes to something as complicated as pensions – until we get to see and analyze bill language, it’s impossible to know for sure how much this plan will cost and whether it’s good public policy or not.
However, based on what’s been publicly reported, this seems to be little more than a shell game that goes about closing the hybrid pension plan in another way – something that is certain to cost Michigan taxpayers billions in transition costs, just as the original versions of SB 401 and HB 4647 would have.Details