Hearing Thursday on bill freezing testing percentage in evaluation

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…

MEA announces support for four ballot measures

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. 

MEA President — on picket line in Big Rapids — statement on Ferris State faculty strike

BIG RAPIDS – The following statement regarding the faculty strike at Ferris State University can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart: “This morning, I have the honor of walking a picket line with my union sisters and brothers of the Ferris Faculty Association in their efforts to settle a fair contract with the university.…

Local Leaders Grow New Educator Outreach

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…

Time Added for Input on Social Studies Standards

Educators have more time and additional opportunities to provide feedback to both the state and MEA on controversial proposed changes to Michigan’s K-12 social studies standards.

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has extended the deadline for submitting online comments and added new dates for in-person feedback. In addition, MEA wants your thoughts on the proposed standards to help guide a formal position statement the union will be submitting. Visit MEA’s Action Network page to view the standards and share your feedback with us.

Proposed changes pushed by conservative Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) have sparked criticism and heightened public interest in the debate over what children should learn about history and human society from kindergarten through high school.