THIS DAY IN HISTORY June 5, 1981: AIDS Epidemic Recognized by Medical Community

#tdih 1981 The CDC published a medical study about five gay men, plagued by a mysterious autoimmune disease, in June 1981. It formally marked the start of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. In the decades that followed, people organized to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS, to find a cure, to educate people about treatment and prevention, and to create a culture of compassion instead of fear around it. This includes activist organizations like ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power). #PrideMonth



MEA & AFT-Michigan educators, advocates to rally at Michigan Capitol – June 18 and 25


MEA President Paula Herbart and AFT Michigan President David Hecker have released a new video inviting you to join with other educators and advocates to rally on the steps of the Michigan Capitol. There are two rallies scheduled – June 18 and 25. CLICK HERE to view the video

. If you can get to Lansing on one of those days, please RSVP soon at 

Invite interested community members, parents, and friends to join us in pressing state lawmakers to fund our schools, and get involved in organizing support for public education in your community as budget negotiations heat up.
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The Learning Disability Teaching Credentials that Time Forgot

by Nancy Bailey

Whether it’s dyslexia (a specific learning disability) or writing, attention, organization, or other learning and behavioral difficulties, children who struggle in school need teachers who can help them learn. Sometimes that help can occur in a general class setting. Other times a child might benefit from small group or individualized assistance. That’s what special education […]

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Charter Schools at a Turning Point: How to Rein In an Out of Control Education Sector


If you read one article about education this week, you should read Jack Schneider’s column from last week’s Washington Post.  If you have already read it, I encourage you to read it again.  Schneider is an education historian at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.  In last week’s column, Schneider shows how charter schools have failed to fulfill the promises of their promoters.

Schneider’s analysis is fair and balanced as he notes that charters have a mixed record.  While some are excellent schools that serve children well, “On the whole… charters have failed to live up to their promises.”

Schneider adds that the public is growing more aware of the problems charter school growth has caused for the public school districts where the charters have been located: “The charter school movement is in trouble.  In late December, the editorial board of the Chicago Sun-Times observed that the charter movement…

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