MEA President statement on FY20 budget agreement

EAST LANSING — The following can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding this evening’s announcement of the agreement between the governor and legislative leaders on the current year’s state budget: “I applaud Gov. Whitmer and legislative leaders for working together to minimize the negative impact on schools, students and public education employees in…

MEA lays out priorities for a safe return to in-person learning

EAST LANSING — Following more than 15,000 survey responses from educators and discussions about the needs of both students and school employees, today MEA announced three key priorities the state’s largest education union feels must be fully addressed as we look toward safely returning to school buildings this fall. As our mission indicates, we believe…

Read by Grade Three Survey Extended

The deadline for completing a 25-minute Read by Grade Three (RBG3) survey worth 5 SCECHs for current K-8 teachers who participate has been extended to June 30 by our partners at the Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC) at MSU. The researchers have also added a set of questions regarding how educators responded as schools suspended…

Summer Conference

MEA is pleased to announce the 2020 Virtual MEA Summer Conference – no COVID-19 pandemic can stop us from gathering to get information to both learn and help our union brothers and sisters! The conference will be held on Wednesday, July 29, and Thursday, July 30, beginning with a message from MEA President Paula Herbart at 10 a.m. There…

Nearly 2 million education jobs could be lost—unless the U.S. Senate acts

If the economic damage wrought by the coronavirus pandemic goes unchecked, the nation stands to lose 1.89 million education jobs over the next three years, according to a new analysis by the National Education Association. Stated another way, we could lose one-fifth of the workforce that powers public schools and higher education institutions. Those cuts…

Michigan sues DeVos over weakening of Title IX sexual assault protections

Michigan has sued U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, joining 17 other states in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Education’s final rule that violates Title IX and weakens protections for sexual assault and harassment victims.  Attorney General Dana Nessel, with THE support and coordination of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, joined the fight against the…