The Bitter Taste of Rejection

Editor’s Note: For anyone worried about the state of public education—especially if worry is accompanied by a feeling of powerlessness—today’s guest post accomplishes two different goals remarkably well: It entertains and inspires.

Ken Ferguson is a husband, dad, West Bloomfield School Board trustee, and a teacher/consultant for visually impaired students in Grosse Pointe Public School System. He also is a committed MEA member who signed on to be a Political Action Leader in his region. 

Why and How I Use My Voice

By Rick Joseph 2015-16 Michigan Teacher of the Year Teacher voice. We raise our voices for all kinds of reasons every day. Perhaps no one understands the power of voice to influence behavior and effect change better than classroom teachers. I have reluctantly overcome familiar fears to raise my voice beyond the classroom. I try…

NEA Training Builds Candidates

Running for public office can be a daunting prospect, but NEA is demystifying the process with a free non-partisan training program for members to learn what it takes to win election to the school board on up to the state legislature. The See Educators Run program launched last year aims to give educators – regardless…

Whitmer: An Advocate for Public Education

By Brenda Ortega MEA Voice Editor High school educator Jill Laurin-Maxwell had a special guest tagging along when she went shopping for school supplies this year. The sign language teacher took gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer with her to buy tissues, paper, pencils, Sharpies, paper clips, binders and lotion—an $84 excursion that Laurin-Maxwell said was the…

MEA President Joins Bipartisan Coalition: ‘We’re trying something radical’

Launch Michigan is a new partnership bringing together diverse interests from across Michigan’s political, economic, education, philanthropic and government sectors. MEA President Paula Herbart will be a proud voice of labor on the panel, which is setting out to improve the state’s education system. Read more at LaunchMichigan.org. Here read excerpts from a conversation about…