Early Career Educator Thankful for Union

Lindsey Nader loves helping her K-5 students in Troy—who have emotional impairments or autism—to learn social skills and access the general education curriculum. She planned to be a general education teacher after earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. But she continued on to get a master’s degree in special education because she knew it…

Skysquad: ‘We promote understanding’

Several students from Ann Arbor’s Skyline High School recently demonstrated a grasp on how to resolve conflict that many adults could learn from. In fact, the teenagers did teach their elders in October when four representatives from Skysquad—a student-led restorative justice team—presented at an international conference in Detroit attended by professionals from all over the…

A Journey Toward Justice

By Brenda Ortega MEA Voice Editor MEA member Amy McLoughlin didn’t like school when she was young. Growing up in rural Ohio, she was “that kid in the back of the room interrupting the flow,” voted class clown, a bright girl disengaged, she says. In high school, she skipped a lot but showed up for…

Lame Duck Day 9 Update – 12/13

Week 3 of Lame Duck wrapped up with little action.  After their late night/early morning session on Wednesday, the State House did not hold session during the day on Thursday.  The Senate was in session, but took no action on any bills MEA has been monitoring, including union recertification, innovative schools or teacher prep.  The…

Empowering the Next Generation

An unsettling experience being trapped on an elevator in the Michigan Capitol morphed into a moment of inspiration for four Ypsilanti high school students touring the Capitol with classmates and their government teacher, a local MEA leader. The Lincoln High School students were part of an all-female group observing the Legislature on Tuesday during the…

Lame Duck Day 7 Update – 12/11

Innovative Schools and Teacher Prep Fail to make it out of Senate Education Committee Innovative Schools (HB 6314-6315) and the Teacher Prep Package (HB 5598-5605) failed to make it out of Senate Education Committee today – a victory in the fight to stop bills on education moving quickly through lame duck. Thank you to everyone…

Lame Duck Day 6 Update – 12/6

Innovative Schools Passes House While A-F Waits In very close votes, the Innovative Schools Bills (HB 6314-6315) passed the House late on Thursday and head to the Senate for further consideration.  These bills would create a new type of “innovative” school or district exempt from many existing requirements. Such a designation would allow a school…