Three years ago, Ann Arbor English teacher and MEA member Jeff Kass committed to take a difficult year of working three jobs to make ends meet and turn it into art. The result was his book of poems, Teacher/Pizza Guy, published by Wayne State University Press in 2019. Now the 23-year veteran of Pioneer High…Details
MEA President Paula Herbart on Wednesday praised Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to help Michigan parents and children learn how they can avoid the punitive retention piece of the state’s new third grade reading law. “Gov. Whitmer should be commended for addressing how to truly help all Michigan children be better readers, without leaving behind our…Details
EAST LANSING —The following can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding tonight’s State of the State address from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: “Gov. Whitmer should be commended for addressing how to truly help all Michigan children be better readers, without leaving behind our most vulnerable students. Educating parents about their options under the third-grade…Details
The State of Michigan has launched a website for the 2020 Census – the first once-a-decade census that will include the ability to provide information online. Providing information to ensure a complete count of Michigan’s citizens is convenient, confidential and critical.
Learn more at www.michigan.gov/census2020.
January 15, 2020 By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association Stefanie Sedlar was forced to put her plans to start a family on hold to pay off nearly $100,000 in student loan debt. A special education teacher for Mount Pleasant Public Schools, Sedlar is one of countless dedicated teachers and other public school employees who start…Details
Upcoming professional development opportunities through the Michigan Department of Education will provide ways to improve school climate and safety for all youth, but especially those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. Two workshops will be offered, designed for school administrators, school board members, Title IX Coordinators, teachers, GSA advisors, school counselors, school…Details
One of the hardest things Nick Peruski has learned to do as a teacher in Huron Valley over the past decade is to let kids fail. Not letter-grade “F” fail. Peruski’s approach asks students in his high school business, multimedia, and web design classes to face challenges, develop and test solutions, and learn from what…Details
Amber Guerreiro felt exhausted one Friday night, so the Greenville Middle School teacher wrote her thoughts down, titled “A Day in the Life of a Teacher,” and put it on Facebook. She thought a few teacher friends might relate. Her post went viral with more than 108,000 shares. What was it that resonated with so many people?…Details
Five years after accepting dramatic concessions to help pull Flint Community Schools out of deficit spending, the district’s teachers have overwhelmingly approved a contract that raises pay, lowers class sizes, and restores MESSA health care benefits, among other improvements. In addition, added provisions aim to create a new educator pipeline through a tuition reimbursement plan for long-term substitute…Details