Education

Whitmer announces appointees to new Michigan Parents’ Council

BY: - September 19, 2022

Members of the newly formed Michigan Parents’ Council were announced Monday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  The advisory group was established by the Democratic governor to allow parents for the first time in Michigan history a more formal role in the education budget process. The council, which Whitmer’s office says represents parents from across Michigan and from […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: We can debate issues, but public education shouldn’t be a political war zone

BY: - September 19, 2022

As a union representing educators, we have a vested interest in public policy, and therefore politics. And as a union, AFT Michigan has received our fair share of criticism from people who believe politics do not belong in education.  At best, the claims that we should keep education and politics separate are somewhat misguided. At […]

Ratification vote set to begin Tuesday for EMU faculty on proposed contract

BY: - September 19, 2022

Increases in salary and retirement compensation are among the terms in a proposed new labor contract for tenured and tenure track faculty at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). The EMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP) said Friday that the tentative deal also includes protection for health care coverage. A ratification meeting of […]

Sex ed debates start gaining traction as state wrestles with reproductive health access

BY: - September 19, 2022

A decades-old fight is bubbling back up to the surface that could be the next hot-button topic in school board meetings across the state: sex education, following heated debates over COVID-19 health policies, race and LGBTQ+ issues.  Taryn Gal, executive director of Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH), an organization aimed at supporting youth […]

Nessel joins coalition of AGs to support reversal of Trump-era Title IX policies in schools

BY: - September 16, 2022

A federal proposal aimed at strengthening protections against sex discrimination has the support of Attorney General Dana Nessel and 19 other attorneys general, according to a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Education led by California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. “When the [former President Donald] Trump Administration rolled back anti-discrimination protections for students and […]

What’s going on with the MSU president and the Board of Trustees?

BY: - September 14, 2022

Michigan State University President Samuel Stanley Jr. broke his silence Tuesday night amid continued speculation and controversy about the fate of his tenure, but many more questions than answers still remain. Along with MSU Provost Teresa Woodruff, Stanley addressed the MSU Faculty Senate during a special virtual meeting Tuesday evening. Both leaders are embroiled in […]

EMU faculty back in class after tentative contract deal reached

BY: - September 12, 2022

A tentative agreement has been reached between Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and striking faculty members. The EMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP) announced Sunday that negotiators had reached a tentative deal on a new contract covering more than 500 tenured and tenure-track faculty. “After three days on strike and four days […]

MSU board pulls voter suppression resolution following GOP defunding threat

BY: - September 12, 2022

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees postponed Friday voting on a resolution seeking to restrain the activities of university vendors connected to “voter suppression” efforts. The resolution in question, sponsored by Democratic trustees Rema Vassar and Kelly Tebay, was in response to the Secure MI Vote initiative, which would require mandatory identification for both […]

Washtenaw Co. Circuit Court rejects EMU request for restraining order against striking employees

BY: - September 9, 2022

On Friday, Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge Carol Kuhnke denied a request from Eastern Michigan University for a temporary restraining order that would force striking faculty to return to work.  Members of the Eastern Michigan University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP) voted in favor of a strike on Tuesday, after working […]

U.S. Treasury Secretary Yellen in Dearborn: ‘We cannot just return to the old normal’

BY: - September 9, 2022

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen during an address in Dearborn on Thursday touted President Joe Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act during a 25-minute address, which she called “historic” legislation.  “We cannot just return to the old normal,” she said, referring to Biden’s predecessor GOP former President Donald Trump. She used terms and phrases like […]

EMU faculty strike continues as university tries to force professors back to work

BY: - September 8, 2022

A union representing Eastern Michigan University faculty announced on Wednesday that it will file a “forceful response” opposing a request by the university administration for an injunction forcing school professors back to work after hitting the picket line that morning. The declaration came after the university administration filed suit in Washtenaw County Circuit Court earlier […]

U.S. education secretary urges boost in teacher pay, touts college debt relief

BY: - September 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Amid K-12 teacher shortages, book bans and attacks over critical race theory, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona at a meeting with reporters on Wednesday stressed the need for higher salaries to attract prospective educators to the profession. Cardona also touted the Biden administration’s recent student debt relief announcement in late August. The White House said President Joe Biden […]