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1/3 of Michigan teachers might not return to the classroom

BY: - June 4, 2020

Michigan educators are planning for next fall as the current academic year comes to a close. But almost one-third of the profession is considering not returning due to COVID-19 concerns, according to a survey done by the Michigan Education Association (MEA). More than 15,000 Michigan educators were surveyed May 14 to 22 by the teachers’ […]

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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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Column: DeVos’ formula for success: Trash public schools and push privatization

BY: - November 4, 2019

When U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos discussed the results from the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress, she described them as “devastating” and part of a worsening crisis in education. The results showed a slight decline in reading scores and a flattening in math scores. She noted that two out of three of the […]

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Column: Even when they aren’t fired for being pregnant or gay, teachers face strict moral demands

BY: - October 24, 2019

Pregnant teachers in classrooms are routine these days. But the law didn’t always protect expectant women in any workplace. As part of her stump speech, Sen. Elizabeth Warren tells a story about being fired from her job as a speech pathologist for special needs children once she became pregnant back in 1971. Sharing this chapter […]

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Study: Michigan teachers spend $628 of their own money on school supplies

BY: - August 30, 2019

Michigan teachers spend more out-of-pocket on school supplies than their counterparts in any other state, except for California. Data analyzed by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a liberal Washington, D.C. think tank, show Michigan teachers shell out an average of $628 of their own money on classroom supplies every year. That’s almost $200 more than […]