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  • MEA-Retired members Pam DeGryse, Elaine Miller and Jeanne Hansen enjoyed a post-lunch conversation with members of Arkansas Education Association-Retired during the NEA-Retired Conference in Baltimore

  • NEA Board member Barb Schram, MEA-Retired Staff Liaison Paul Helder and MEA-Retired President Kay Walker Telma participated in an afternoon session for state presidents and liaisons, NEA staff and NEA-Retired leaders.

  • NEA Secretary-Treasurer Noel Candelaria spoke during one of the 2022 NEA-Retired Conference general sessions.

  • MEA-Retired members Elaine Miller and Barb Schram enjoyed a lighthearted moment with NEA President Becky Pringle following the closing session of the 2022 NEA-Retired Conference.

  • NEA President Becky Pringle addressed 2022 NEA-Retired Conference participants at the closing session of the event held in Baltimore March 16-18, 2022.

  • NEA Executive Committee member Gladys Vasquez, NEA-Retired President Sarah Borgman, MEA-Retired President Kay Walker Telma, and MEA-Retired Vice President Judy Daley were among the over 225 attendees at the NEA-Retired 2022 Conference held in Baltimore March 16-18

  • MEA-Retired was well represented at the NEA-Retired Conference. Standing: Jeanne Hansen, Judy Daley, Connie Boylan, Barb Schram, Kay Walker Telma, Rovin Aslakson, Elaine Miller. Seated: Millie Lambert, Al Beamish, Pam DeGryse.

  • East Oakland County MEA-Retired Chapter members Steve Sadlier and Mike Gillis, attended the Remembrance of January 6 Candlelight Vigil in Rochester.

  • Paula-salerno-herbart-2021-most-influential-women, congrats Madam President!

  • MEA-Retired Board of Directors Zoom meeting, 09/01/2021

  • MEA-Retired Board of Directors meeting, 09/01/2021

  • July Happy Hour gathering of the Grand Traverse Bay Area MEA-Retired chapter. Back row: Don Hakala, former MEA Board member and UniServ Director; Kay Walker Telma; former MEA/NEA Board member Tom Bousamra. Front row: Irene Brown, former MEA VP Lynn Larson.

  • President Kay Walker-Telma

  • Education Leaders 2021

  • Senator Debbie Stabenow With MEA-Retired Members Jack & Jo Ellis

MEA - Retired Online Gift Card Auction

Jul 25, 2022

Now Open For Bidding

MEA-Retired Online Gift Card Auction


July 18, 2022 @ 9a.m. 

        thru July 29, 2022 @ 9 p.m.


So The Commitment Continues


Upcoming events: National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Jun 03, 2022

Thank you for taking an early step in our coordinated efforts to protect our schools and our children.  The MEA gun safety petition has already gathered hundreds of signatures and the feedback you have provided is helpful.  We wanted to make you aware of some upcoming events hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety and March For Our Lives. 


First, please join us at March For Our Lives in Lansing on Saturday, June 11.  MEA is supporting this event and hope to see many members there.  Please RSVP HERE.


There are dozens of Wear Orange and March For Our Lives events happening across Michigan over the next two weeks.  If you can’t join us in Lansing, please consider attending a local event in your area.

You can find details and updates at or at the March For Our Lives site at


Wear Orange Peaceful Protest- Berkley

Friday, June 3, 12-7 pm

NW Corner of 12 Mile & Woodward

29001 Woodward Ave

Berkley, MI 48072


Wear Orange Picnic- Mount Clemens

Saturday, June 4, 8:00 am

Gazebo Park

1 Crocker Blvd

Mount Clemens, MI 48043


Silence the Violence Rally and March

Saturday, June 4, 10:00 am

Church of the Messiah - Detroit

231 E Grand Blvd

Detroit, MI 48207



Wear Orange- Lansing

Saturday, June 4, 11:00 am

Everett High School

3900 Stabler St

Lansing, MI 48910


Wear Orange- Saginaw

Saturday, June 11, 12:00pm

Borchard Park


Saginaw, MI 48602


March For Our Lives Grand Haven, MI

Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:00am - 12:00pm

Central Park

Grand Haven, MI 49417


March for Our Lives Detroit, MI

Saturday, June 11, 2022 12:00 - 3:00pm

Detroit Cities Riverfront

1340 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207


March For Our Lives Oxford, MI

Saturday, June 11, 2022 12:00 - 3:00pm

Centennial Park

25 S Washington St, Oxford, MI 48371


March For Our Lives Wayne-Washtenaw County, MI

June 11, 2022 12:00 - 2:00pm

The Diag,

913 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


March For Our Lives Traverse City, MI

June 11, 2022 1:00 - 3:00pm

Parkway and Union Street

3840 Blueberry Ln, Traverse City, MI


March For Our Lives Kalamazoo, MI

June 11, 2022 2:00 - 5:00pm 

Bronson Park

200 S Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007


March For Our Lives Lansing, MI

June 11, 2022 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Capitol, Lansing MI 48933


Grand Rapids March for Our Lives

June 18, 2022 1:00 - 4:00pm

Veteran’s Memorial Park

101 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Please visit for details and additional actions.


In Solidarity,



Mark Hoffman (Pronouns: He/Him/His)

UniServ Organizational Development Specialist

Michigan Education Association

2625 E. Oakley Park Road, Suite 200

Commerce Township, MI 48390-1640

248-960-0447 (Office)

248-960-0392 (Fax)

Taking a stand for students and educators

May 29, 2022

From MEA President Paula Herbart:
Regarding the latest school shooting and taking a stand for student and educator safety


Dear MEA Family,

There aren’t words to convey adequate emotions – heartbreak, rage, fear, frustration – after yesterday’s senseless shooting deaths of 19 children and 2 teachers in a Texas elementary school. After what happened just six months ago in Oxford, yesterday’s events are resurfacing many of the same feelings for all of us — especially the anger that this keeps happening to young people and the educators committed to them.

I know all our hearts go out to the victims, the families and the community of Uvalde, Texas. I know that our members who’ve been affected by violence, especially those in Oxford, are committed to helping our colleagues there however we can.

But somehow, our efforts never seem to be enough, because this keeps happening over and over and over again.  As U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy so passionately asked his colleagues on the Senate floor yesterday, “What are we doing?” As NEA President Becky Pringle said in a letter to Congress this morning, “What are you waiting for?”

Just this morning, Democrats in the State Senate tried to force action on safe storage legislation for firearms (as prompted by the Oxford tragedy and Everytown for Gun Safety’s BE SMART framework).  Those actions were blocked by the Republican majority who argued that (per Gongwer News Service) “now is the time for grief and not politicizing the matter.”

The fact is we can grieve and act.  We must, because our students deserve no less than common-sense gun safety reform and mental health support.

In the wake of the Oxford tragedy, we’ve been focused on supporting our members in Oxford, including providing mental health counseling in the shooting’s aftermath, legal support for members named in lawsuits, and lobbying to get the resources Oxford’s students, educators and community need to move forward and heal.

We must do more – because this clearly doesn’t end at the walls of Oxford High School.  Or Columbine.  Or Sandy Hook.  Or Stoneman Douglas.  Or Virginia Tech.  Or now Robb Elementary.

In solidarity and in love,

Paula Herbart
MEA President

Please join educators across Michigan in coming together and saying THIS IS ENOUGH. Are you with us? Please join Paula Herbart, MEA President, and sign this petition!




Election Update - May 16th

May 25, 2022

Political Update – May 16 (176 days until polls close)


ANNOUNCING: Battleground Summer 2022

Who wants to make a huge impact on public education in their communities this summer? Apply for Battleground Summer 2022!

MEA is hiring members to spend part of the summer engaging with their friends and neighbors in key parts of the state about the need to support, invest in and vote for strong public schools. Stipends range from $1,500-$4,000. 

Go HERE to learn more and express interest in the program. (This is not an application, just a demonstration of interest. Applications will be sent to you directly.)  DEADLINE: May 31.  Questions? Contact Amanda West at ( and Zach Crim (

Ballot Initiatives Update

The MEA Board formally endorsed their support of two ballot initiatives: Promote the Vote 2022 and Raise the Wage MI.  Please visit their websites to learn more about how to support their work!  If you have questions about how to get involved, contact Amanda West (

Conservative School PAC gets Involved in School Board Races

Get Kids Back to School PAC, a conservative action group, released a round of endorsements for several school board races late last week. The group, which was formed in 2021, touts its endorsed candidates as community members ready to take down incumbents who called for “disastrous policies,” such as “lockdowns, mask mandates, forced or coerced vaccines and online learning.” It said it will be issuing more endorsements this cycle.  Read more in the attached PDF.

This is why it is more important than ever for MEA to be involved in these races.  Make sure you’re in touch with your UD and/or with Liza Parkinson ( about the status of races in your district.  Our work continues on identifying who is running, what districts to prioritize and where to hold trainings. 

‘For MI Kids’ School Board Resolutions

The anti-DeVos voucher coalition has released a new tool to help fight back attacks on school funding.  The Michigan Association of School Boards, one of the coalition partners, has created a template resolution that can be passed by local school boards opposing the DeVos vouchers.  Please ask your local school board members to review THIS information and pass the resolution.

Contact State Reps Regarding Need for Oxford Relief

MEA is urging members to contact their state representatives and ask them to immediately pass legislation providing bureaucratic relief to Oxford educators, students and families affected by last fall's tragic shooting at Oxford High School.

The state Senate on March 24 unanimously approved Senate Bills 940 and 941, sponsored by Sen. Rosemary Bayer, D-Keego Harbor. These bills provide relief from days and hours, testing and evaluation requirements for Oxford Community Schools students and educators, as they continue working to move forward the best they can from this tragedy.

However, the House has yet to act on the Senate bills, and time is running out.  Learn more from MEA’s new release last week.

Please urge your members to contact your state representative and urge them to act NOW on Senate Bills 940 and 941.

Questions? Contact Jessica Lumbreras (, Amanda West ( or Liza Parkinson (



MEA Week in Review 5/5/22

May 07, 2022

MEA Week in Review: 5/5/22

Serving Our Members

Escanaba MEA member named Michigan Teacher of the Year (, May 4)

Congratulations to MEA member Nanette Hanson, a first-grade teacher in Escanaba Area Public Schools, for being named Wednesday as Michigan Teacher of the Year for 2022-23.


MI Teacher Briefs U.S. Ed Secretary on Uses of Federal Rescue Funds (, April 26)

Addressing students’ academic and mental health needs, while lightening the load for overstretched educators, are among the most urgent uses of federal school rescue funds prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to one local union leader in west Michigan.


MEA member librarians concerned about lack of equity in school services (,April 28)

As School Library Month draws to a close, Michigan Education Association member and veteran media specialist Kathy Lester is working tirelessly to advocate for Michigan’s certified school librarians, who play a pivotal role in preparing students for success but whose numbers have drastically declined in the state.


Education Budgets Begin Movement in Legislature (, April 28)

Countering historic budget proposals from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the state House and Senate have begun legislative activity on their own education funding proposals for the 2022-23 school year.



MEA in the News

Labor Voices: Let Michigan’s educators know you stand with them (Detroit News, May 5)
This is Teacher Appreciation Week – but many who work in public education aren’t feeling particularly appreciated.

[Monthly Detroit News Labor Voices column by MEA President Paula Herbart]


This Is Teacher Appreciation Week (WSJM, May 2)
“You may want to say thank you to a teacher this week as Monday kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week. Paula Herbart is the president of the Michigan Education Association. She spoke with Michigan News Network about the need to salute our teachers.”
[Includes quote from Paula Herbart, MEA President]

WWJ: Why are so many teachers leaving the profession? And how do we fix it? (WWJ, May 2)
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week. And although it was happening before, the COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly increased the number of teachers looking for a career change.
[Audio segment includes quotes from Thomas Morgan, MEA Communications Consultant]

Manistee County school admins concerned by statewide teacher shortage (Big Rapids News, April 30)
Jakob Veith, superintendent of Bear Lake Schools and Kaleva Norman Dickson Schools, said it is a lot harder to find a teacher than it was when he got into the profession.
[Includes mention of MEA’s January 2022 educator survey]

Big Picture: Top Education Stories

Michigan bills would pause test scores to grade teachers, hold 3rd graders (Bridge Magazine, April 27)

Standardized test scores wouldn’t be a factor this year in educator evaluations or decisions about whether third-graders can move up to fourth grade, under proposed Democratic legislation to loosen Michigan K-12 education requirements to account for disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


Commentary: Funding Michigan STEM is an investment in kids, workforce and future(Crain’s Detroit Business, May 3)

“To retain our mantle of leadership, job one is to equip today’s and tomorrow’s workers with the education and skills Michigan businesses need to fill the growing number of high-demand jobs available now and in the future.”


Big and small groups, during and after class: tutoring is all over the map (Bridge Magazine, May 2)


“Well-developed tutoring programs represent a potential game-changer for ShaeLynn and students like her across Michigan who lost significant ground academically during the first year and a half of the pandemic.”


About MEA Week in Review: MEA’s Public Affairs Department compiles this weekly digest of MEA and news media items to provide a snapshot of items you may have missed, as well as a one-stop shop for finding stories MEA leaders and staff can cut-and-paste into local communications efforts. 


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