Elections for MEA board of directors begins — online — March 1. Click the link to log in to the online voting area. (If the link doesn’t work, copy and paste this web address into your browser: https://www.mymea.org/onlinevoting/)
While you may not immediately see the value of your vote, or even know who is the best candidate to vote for, remember that these colleagues will be responsible for determining the future of the MEA. They will have to oversee and decide issues such as MEA budget problems, downsizing MEA offices and services, determining dues amounts, and forwarding the MEA agenda for education reform.
The MEA is attempting to be proactive (yes, I dislike that term too) in shaping the debates about public schools. With Lansing under the control of a political party that has already introduced legislation to radically change your salary, insurance benefits, tenure protection and annual evaluation process, now is perhaps the most critical period in decades for all members of MEA, regardless of political party affiliation, to take a close look at what they know works best in schools and for students.
Click here to read about MEA’s A+ Agenda. They have given copies of this five-part program to all state senators, representatives, and other decision makers. They have some interesting proposals this time — not just “business as usual”.
On a more local note, there will be two seats open on the Parchment Board of Education. The new (or re-elected) board members will be in charge of directing administration while we negotiate the contract. This spring/summer, your bargaining team will be negotiating the ENTIRE contract, not just salary and benefits. We will be asking for your input on contract language changes you believe would be of benefit to you and your PEA colleagues. Elections for your PEA Executive Board will be held in May, and nominees are being sought. We also want you to consider nominating a colleague for the annual Partners in Education dinner’s Teacher of the Year. This should be a PEA member will outstanding service to school, students and (of course) your professional association.