NEA highlights DeVos failures during pandemic; NEA member Jill Biden hears educator concerns

Students, parents, and educators are grappling with a global crisis, trying to stay safe, facing a new virtual reality and struggling to connect. Now more than ever, school communities across the nation need support and leadership. Instead, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is using this pandemic to, once again, push her failed privatization agenda to defund…

Statement of support for Gov. Whitmer’s continued handling of public health crisis

EAST LANSING – The following can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding MEA’s continued support of Gov. Whitmer’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis and the need for decisions going forward centered on public health protection: “As Michigan citizens continue to follow Stay Home, Stay Safe orders designed to flatten the curve of COVID-19…

Opinion: Educators meet students’ needs amid COVID-19

Michigan Education Association member Sarah VanderMeer says her heart aches from missing her developmental kindergartners from Brown Elementary School in Byron Center, so she checks in via FaceTime to see how they’re doing, setting up appointments through parents. VanderMeer taps every tool at her disposal to keep kids connected and engaged during online chats and virtual…

DeVos Using Crisis to Push Voucher ‘Microgrants’ – Tell Congress to Say NO

While educators across the country are doing amazing things to help our students, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is using this crisis to push her education privatization agenda – this time proposing “microgrants” that sound very much like school voucher programs she’s pushed for years. “Once again, she’s tone deaf.  She’s out of touch,”…

MDE Issues Remote Teaching Guidance

New distance learning guidelines have been issued by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), taking into account that 500,000 of the state’s 1.5 million students – one-third of the K-12 school population – do not have home internet access. Mostly teacher written, the document is designed to help district administrators and local union leaders who…

Above and Beyond

A fanciful watercolor painting titled, “Even Cows Deserve a Vacation, Bovine Beach” won the Best in Show Award at the 56th Annual MEA MAEA Art Acquisitions Purchase Exhibition. The piece was one of two accepted into the show from MEA-Retired member Thomas Thiery, a retired art teacher from Adrian. The painting features a dreamy depiction…