MEA President statement on passage of bills that allow outsourcing of virtual learning

EAST LANSING — The following can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding the House passage of HBs 5910-5193 this evening: “This legislation uses the cover of a pandemic to push extreme ideas that are straight from the playbook of Betsy DeVos to make a profit off the education of our students. “The most…

MEA President statement on approval of FY20 budget agreement

EAST LANSING — The following can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding today’s approval of an agreement between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature on the current year’s state budget: “I applaud Gov. Whitmer and legislative leaders for working together to pass this budget plan, which will help minimize the negative impact the…

Statement from MEA President on announcement of ‘Michigan v. DeVos’ lawsuit

EAST LANSING —  The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart following the announcement of the “Michigan v. DeVos” lawsuit: “Once again, our state leaders are standing up for Michigan public school students and their families.  This lawsuit, filed by our state’s outstanding Attorney General Dana Nessel, will help ensure that Betsy DeVos’…

MEA President statement on FY20 budget agreement

EAST LANSING — The following can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding this evening’s announcement of the agreement between the governor and legislative leaders on the current year’s state budget: “I applaud Gov. Whitmer and legislative leaders for working together to minimize the negative impact on schools, students and public education employees in…

MEA lays out priorities for a safe return to in-person learning

EAST LANSING — Following more than 15,000 survey responses from educators and discussions about the needs of both students and school employees, today MEA announced three key priorities the state’s largest education union feels must be fully addressed as we look toward safely returning to school buildings this fall. As our mission indicates, we believe…

MEA member’s Holland STEM project feeds community

Teacher’s greenhouse project donates produce to local food bank, educates students, brings community together EAST LANSING –  Last year, Michigan Education Association member Bill Boerman launched an ambitious greenhouse project at Holland Middle School knowing it would pay big dividends toward his STEM students learning the fundamentals of design, gardening and nutrition. It’s led to a public…

New statewide poll shows less than half of voters say Michigan’s schools should reopen before October

EPIC-MRA poll echoes concerns of Michigan front-line educators in new MEA survey on safely reopening school buildings EAST LANSING — A new EPIC-MRA statewide poll shows less than half of likely Michigan voters say school buildings should reopen before October. Most of those participating in the poll were either unsure, think schools should open later…