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Give Input on Race for Governor

15 Nov 2017 | Under News | Posted by | 0 Comments

MEA members are encouraged to provide input regarding the candidates for governor ahead of a Dec. 9 meeting of the Statewide Screening and Recommendation Committee to interview the candidates. Learn more about the candidates by watching a video of their speeches at MEA’s Fall Representative Assembly, or listen to a recording of a telephone town […]

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GOP tax plans harm students, educators

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EAST LANSING – The federal tax plans put forward by Republican leaders in Congress attack educators and threaten funding for public school students – which is why MEA President Paula Herbart urged Michigan’s Congressional delegation to oppose these dangerous proposals. “These proposals amount to a $5 trillion tax giveaway to the wealthiest and corporations, paid […]

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Labor Voices: Cyber charters are failed experiment

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November 15, 2017 By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association If an experiment fails, the reasonable response is to end it and try something different. Not so regarding cyber charter schools, based on the actions of lawmakers who continue to fully fund these schools in the face of mounting evidence that they are a spectacular […]

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Webinar Focuses on Student Growth in Teacher Evaluations

13 Nov 2017 | Under News | Posted by | 0 Comments

The role of student growth in teacher evaluations is a big topic of concern for educators – and it’s also the focus of an important webinar happening this Wednesday at 4 p.m. The 60-minute session is the second in a six-part webinar series that can be used toward SCECH requirements. This session of the free […]

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Celebrate Education Support Professionals

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A message from Drew Campbell, president of the MEA ESP Caucus Board: As we celebrate American Education Week November 13-17, please be sure to recognize the education support professionals in your buildings for all that they do on a daily basis to keep schools running and our students safe. November 15 has been designated as […]

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Survey Seeks Feedback on New “School Transparency Dashboard”

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Parents have until Wednesday to complete an opinion survey on a new “school transparency dashboard” under development by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to replace the old school scorecards. The new dashboard would provide information to parents and caregivers on every school building in the state, including charters. More than 20 different factors or […]

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Register NOW for MEA’s Biggest Conference of the Year

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The theme of the 2018 Bargaining, Public Affairs & Professional Development Conference could not be more timely: “Nevertheless, We Persist—Don’t Stop Believing.” MEA members have persisted through relentless attacks on public education, and we stand strong today. The schedule of events is now available—register today for MEA’s biggest conference of the year, scheduled for Feb. […]

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Supreme Court Hears 3% Arguments

9 Nov 2017 | Under News | Posted by | 0 Comments
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Lawyers for MEA and AFT Michigan argued before the Michigan Supreme Court Wednesday in a dramatic culmination to a seven-year legal battle the two unions have waged seeking the return of $550 million taken from the paychecks of 200,000 public school employees. The state’s high court is expected to issue a decision by next summer […]

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Statewide MEA Vigils Shine a Light on 3% Case

8 Nov 2017 | Under News | Posted by | 0 Comments
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Hundreds of MEA members turned out for flashlight vigils across the state Tuesday night—on  the eve of a state Supreme Court hearing in the 3 percent court case—to shine a light on the faces of those affected by the seven-year legal battle. School employees waved signs, shined lights, rallied and marched in Lansing, Monroe, Jackson, […]

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MEA: Supreme Court should side with public school employees in 3 percent case

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After seven years of delays, more than $550 million remains withheld from school employees LANSING – The Michigan Education Association today called on the Michigan Supreme Court to side with public school employees as oral arguments are held in the long-running “3 percent” case, in which more than $550 million was taken from school employees’ […]

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“The American Labor Movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America.”

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John F. Kennedy

“Every advance in this half-century:  Social Security, civil rights, Medicare, aid to education…  one after another- came with the support and leadership of American Labor.”

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Jimmy Carter

“Only a fool would try to deprive working men and working women of their right to join the union of their choice.”

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Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost.”

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Ronald Reagan

”If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.”

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Abraham Lincoln

“It is one of the characteristics of a free and democratic nation that it have free and independent labor unions.”

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt