State Board of Education resolution urges federal action to protect education

The State Board of Education approved a resolution on Tuesday calling on Michigan’s state and national lawmakers to push for legislation preserving “educational services to Michigan school children that have been threatened as a result of this pandemic.” The resolution – which MEA formally supported during meeting – comes as Congress begins to ramp up…

Fifty-one outstanding public school students awarded 2020 MEA Scholarships

 EAST LANSING — The Michigan Education Association today announced 51 recipients of the 2020 MEA Scholarships, honoring exemplary public school students from across the state who plan to attend a Michigan public university next fall. Among the 401 applications submitted for scholarship awards this year, the MEA Scholarship Fund Trustees chose 29 new award recipients…

Whitmer Joins NEA Call to Action on Federal COVID Funding for States

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined NEA President Lily Eskelsen García on a webinar on Wednesday night where members of the nation’s largest union – our education association – were urged to press Congress to send money to states for public education needs. The global pandemic has wreaked havoc on state budgets across the country, Whitmer noted.…

Otsego Public Schools food service workers provide 100,000th meal to local families

EAST LANSING – Otsego Public Schools food service workers on Monday provided their 100,000th meal to local families since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The West Michigan school district’s experience is indicative of other districts statewide that are continuing to serve meals to students in need. “We knew it was going to come at…

Celebrating Our School Family

It’s that time of year when we celebrate educators! The first full week of May has been National Teacher Appreciation Week for decades. But this year, with students not in school buildings as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and educators working in new ways to teach from a distance, deliver meals, and more, the…

Parents Support School Employees in New Survey

A national survey released last week shows parents support teachers and school support staff in overwhelming numbers – more than their governor or local government. The National Education Association survey found 88% of parents approve of how their children’s teachers are handling the coronavirus pandemic. They also overwhelmingly (81 percent) approve of school support staff…