When Nicole Tschirhart landed a job at a traditional public school four years ago, she happily left the for-profit charter where she had worked for three years in an unsupportive setting she considered more business-like than nurturing. But she didn’t immediately join MEA when she started at her new workplace. She didn’t see the value…
By Christina Canfield and David Michelson, MEA Lobbyists This will sound strange, but one type of activity we regularly conduct as lobbyists requires us to threaten our MEA members with a swift kick! Before you get too alarmed, let us clarify that we have fortunately not yet had to follow through on that warning. The threat…
MEA survey shows 96 percent of educators spend personal money on supplies while Congress debates eliminating $250 Educator Expense Tax Deduction
The state Senate this week passed most of the bills contained in a legislative package that would create an expensive new government bureaucracy to fund pay-to-play public school services and extracurricular fees through parent savings plans.
In advocating for the return of members’ money in the 3% case, lawyers from MEA and AFT Michigan have filed a motion to disqualify new Justice Elizabeth Clement from ruling on the case heard by the Michigan Supreme Court earlier this month. Until recently, Clement served as Gov. Rick Snyder’s chief legal counsel.
Michigan has won approval from the U.S. Department of Education (USED) for the state’s plan to comply with the federal law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Pontiac elementary students got a yummy lesson in garden-to-table nutrition recently when they harvested 500 pounds of potatoes from the school vegetable patch. The Kensington Church volunteers and food service staff used the bounty to whip up cheesy potatoes for everyone.
MEA member bus drivers in West Bloomfield School District began picketing this week to protest stalled bargaining that has left them working without a contract for three months. The drivers, who work for Durham Transportation, say they’re not making extravagant demands of the private company.
EAST LANSING – The federal tax plans put forward by Republican leaders in Congress attack educators and threaten funding for public school students – which is why MEA President Paula Herbart urged Michigan’s Congressional delegation to oppose these dangerous proposals.
November 15, 2017
By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association
If an experiment fails, the reasonable response is to end it and try something different. Not so regarding cyber charter schools, based on the actions of lawmakers who continue to fully fund these schools in the face of mounting evidence that they are a spectacular failure at improving academic achievement.