Statement from MEA President on ‘Return to Learn’ guidelines

EAST LANSING — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding today’s announcement by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer outlining guidelines for safely returning to school this fall. President Herbart sits on Gov. Whitmer’s Return to Learn Advisory Council, which is working to ensure a safe return to school for students, families and…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Survey of 15,000 Michigan educators shows health and safety concerns paramount in return to in-person learning

Educators also concerned about class size, standardized testing, teacher evaluations in reopening Michigan’s school buildings EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Association today released a major statewide survey of more than 15,000 educators with findings related to COVID-19’s impact on public education, including the health and safety concerns that are front of mind for educators…

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Statement from MEA President on education and the fight against racism

EAST LANSING — The following statement can be attribute to MEA President Paula Herbart in response to the ongoing protests and racial unrest in our country: “The protests we have witnessed across our state and throughout the nation over the past several days should serve as a wake-up call for both police officers and citizens.…

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Education community pushes for federal support for education amidst COVID-19

Educators, parents, students, community members participate in ‘virtual rally,’ urging Congress to make Michigan’s students top priority  LANSING — Thousands of Michigan educators, parents, students and community members today called for federal relief for education amidst the continuing COVID-19 pandemic during a Facebook Live “virtual rally.” The Our Children, Our Future coalition urged Congress to…

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