MEA Files Brief in 3% Case – Michigan Education Association

MEA lawyers filed a brief this week with the Michigan Supreme Court in support of the union’s 2010 lawsuit seeking the return of money taken from school employees’ paychecks to fund retiree health care. The state now has the option to file a reply brief, after which a date for oral arguments will be set. The proceedings could stretch into early 2018, according to MEA General Counsel Mike Shoudy. Gov. Rick Snyder appealed the case for the third time more than one year ago. Three previous lower court ruling

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Teacher Appreciation As School Starts

Teachers are starting the 2017-18 school year. While the focus appears to be on transforming teaching into digital competency-based instruction, or personalized learning, real human teachers are what make learning for every child personalized. That title was stolen from them.

Teachers work to bring students together. They let them know that every child, no matter who they are, what they look like, what religion they practice, where they come from, their difficulties and disabilities, is welcome—because teachers recognize greatness in every child.

If you’re a teacher, here’s what might bug you as school starts…

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911 Materials for Teachers | U.S. Department of Education

911 Materials for Teachers Disclaimer — These materials were developed by federal grantees and agencies in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. The materials are provided as a convenience for teachers and others seeking resources for teaching about September 11. ED does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of these materials, nor does the inclusion of links to these materials represent an endorsement of these materials or organizations that created them.

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A Teacher’s Dilemma: Take a Stand Against Testing or Keep Abusing Children | gadflyonthewallblog

What am I?

Seriously. What is it I do for a living?

When I wake up to go to work in the morning, am I preparing to be a teacher or a test proctor?

Am I engaged in the practice of nurturing young minds or am I a tool of the establishment?

Should I be held accountable to the dozens of students in my classroom, their parents and the community – or to my administrators, the bureaucrats and moneyed interests ordering us around?

I ask these questions not as a rhetorical device. I really don’t

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Russ on Reading: Teacher Tech Ambassadors: Engaged Professionals or Corporate Shills?

About 15 years ago, in my position as a curriculum director for a suburban school district, I worked with teachers, administrators and the Board of Education to introduce a new spelling program. The program was well researched and, we determined, would yield better results. The program would also require considerable rethinking and planning by all of our elementary teachers. One teacher, let’s call her Lois, took the bull by the horns, and because she was a highly organized person who wanted to have this new program under control, she spent numerous hours laying out a year-long plan for using the new program. Lois shared it with me and I agreed it was excellent work.

“This is outstanding work, Lois”, I said. “This will be helpful to all the teachers in the school district.”

“Hold on there, Buster,” she replied. “I did this work, and it was a lot of work, and I am not sharing it with anyone.”

I was flabbergasted.

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