After months without action, House Bill 5707 – the bipartisan bill that would freeze the percentage of evaluations based on student growth at 25 percent instead of a planned increase to 40 percent – will receive a hearing this Thursday in the House Education Reform Committee. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis), addresses one…
By Brenda Ortega
Students from a West Michigan high school recently returned from a Summer Science course out west with a dramatic tale of helping to rescue an incapacitated hiker in South Dakota’s Badlands National Park.
Redistricting, minimum wage, earned paid sick time and voting reform measures earn recommendation of state’s largest school employee union
EAST LANSING – At their last meeting, MEA’s Board of Directors voted to support four of the ballot measures that should appear on the November ballot and recommend that our members and other supporters of public education vote YES on these proposals.
This week’s strike and picketing by the Ferris Faculty Association reminds us all what Labor Day means — so join MEA and AFT Michigan members as they come together all over Michigan on Monday in #RedForEd solidarity. Labor Day events are planned across the state. Visit our Action Network page to find an event near you…
Bailey Rothe graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2017 with certification to teach English and social studies. Now she has a job—and a union family. Rothe accepted a position with Lansing Public Schools in March and joined MEA for the member benefits, job protections and sense of community it provides, she says. “Lansing is such…
By Brenda Ortega
I remember in June 2013 when Republican lawmaker – now candidate for lieutenant governor – Lisa Posthumus Lyons stood on the floor of the state House of Representatives and derided school employees with an offensive animal metaphor to portray them as greedy and lazy.
A bill was under consideration to dissolve two financially struggling school districts in cities hard hit by job and population losses – Inkster and Buena Vista near Saginaw – and disperse those students to neighboring districts.
Parents and children were about to lose their community schools, and school employees were poised to lose their jobs. None of them got much compassion or understanding from Rep. Lyons, then chair of the House Education Committee.
Lyons was opposed to a Democratic-sponsored amendment, supported by MEA, to require the neighboring districts receiving the students to interview displaced school employees for job openings and pay them according to their years of experience if hired.
August 14, 2018
By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association
In 2000, Betsy DeVos suffered a spectacular loss at the polls in her attempt to get private school vouchers funded by state taxpayers. Nearly 70 percent of Michigan voters rejected that year’s DeVos-funded ballot measure, which ended her push for public funding of private and religious schools.
Thanks in large part to the volunteerism and votes of MEA members and their families across the state, I’m happy to say Gretchen Whitmer is our candidate for governor in November! Together, we will make public education a priority again in Michigan by valuing students, respecting educators and funding our schools. And we need to be…
LANSING – Following last week’s Court of Claims ruling that school employees were owed additional interest on 3 percent of earnings illegally withheld from them by the state, leaders of the unions that made the request of the court called on the state to not appeal the case any further.