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Paula Herbart

Paula Herbart

Paula Herbart is president of the Michigan Education Association, which represents about 125,000 school employees, including K-12 teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff. Prior to becoming MEA President, Herbart spent her career as a music teacher in Macomb County.

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Paula Herbart: Legislature must act so school employees get paid during COVID-19 shutdown

By: - March 19, 2020

Michigan lawmakers went home Tuesday night without acting ensuring all school employees get paid during this statewide school closure caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, despite bipartisan support and joint appeals from varied education organizations and educators across the state. Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) adjourned that chamber late Tuesday night until March 25 […]

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Herbart and Hecker: Don’t gamble with school retirement funds for roads scheme

By: and - July 14, 2019

Some state lawmakers are proposing to dip into state retirement funds to pay for Michigan’s crumbling roads.  This dangerous idea should be rejected because it could undermine the retirement of hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents, drive the state deeper into debt, and saddle taxpayers with massive future costs. Rather than face the fact that […]