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MEA Supports Lawsuit by Detroit Teachers, DFT, AFT
LANSING, Mich., Jan. 29, 2016 — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook regarding the DFT/AFT lawsuit challenging conditions in Detroit Public Schools:
“Just as we’ve seen in Flint, the conditions in Detroit Public Schools are appalling. No one can argue that point. The issue is whether we’re willing to tolerate Third-World conditions in our urban centers. The question is if we’re going to stand up for democracy.
“We need an end to the stifling of our collective voices by unelected emergency managers. We need investment in our schools, not punishment for the dedicated individuals who devote their lives to educating the next generation – often putting their own health and safety at risk.
“While the MEA does not represent the educators in Detroit, our members stand with them in their desire to raise awareness and spur action to provide the best quality education to the students of Detroit Public Schools and all schools throughout Michigan.”
Broader Implications of Snyder's DPS and Education Proposals Under MEA Review
Posted from MEA.org website
When Gov. Rick Snyder shifted away from the Flint water crisis in Tuesday’s State of the State address, he pivoted to other issues of significance to educators. He announced the formation of a Commission for 21st Century Education to examine structure, governance, and funding of education in the state.
“We have a 19th-century education system in the 21st century,” Snyder said in his speech. “It’s time to ask ourselves why.”
MEA Director of Public Affairs Doug Pratt offered this answer: “Governor Snyder, instead of another education commission, ask front-line educators what schools and students need. They'll tell you.”
In addition to the commission, Snyder urged lawmakers to act on his proposals to address the financial crisis in Detroit Public Schools, which includes a plan to divide DPS in two. The old district would serve only to pay off debt, while the new district would handle K-12 operations.
MEA lobbyists are analyzing two Senate bills related to DPS with potentially larger implications for school employees. The bills introduced last week, Senate Bills 710 and 711, have raised concerns among MEA and American Federation of Teachers Michigan lobbyists in previous drafts that would open the door to privatization of instructional staff, with potentially large implications for the state retirement fund.
MEA joins petition drive in support of earned paid sick time
More than 1.5 million Michigan workers-and even some MEA members--don't have access to paid sick time. As a result, the MEA Board voted to support an Earned Sick Time ballot measure by the Time to Care Campaign that gives everyone the opportunity to earn paid sick time. For more information click here.
2016 MEA scholarship applications are now available online
Applications for the 2016 MEA Scholarship are now available online at www.mea.org/mea-scholarship. Only dependents of MEA members or MEA-Retired members in good standing are eligible for the scholarships. The general criteria for awarding the scholarships include academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, as well as school and community service.
The deadline for returning applications is Thursday, February 25, 2016. Contact Barb Hitchcock at firstname.lastname@example.org information.