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MI Teachers Descend on Lansing to Build Positive Energy

Evaluations linked to test scores, higher health-care costs and pay freezes are among the challenges faced by Michigan teachers. (Michigan Education Association)
Evaluations linked to test scores, higher health-care costs and pay freezes are among the challenges faced by Michigan teachers. (Michigan Education Association)
May 6, 2016

LANSING, Mich. - A week when another Detroit teacher sick-out made headlines will come to a close with educators from around Michigan joining forces to build positive energy.

A Teaching Empowered Rally will be held Saturday on the steps of the Capitol building.

President of the Lansing Schools Education Association Chuck Alberts says it's a time to gather and collectively send a message that educating Michigan's children is powerful, it's needed and it's important.

"Educators across the country, but especially in Michigan, we don't hear a lot of positive about the profession," he says. "So it's a chance to celebrate why we went into the profession and keep us focused on what the ultimate reason is for this profession which is the students."

Anyone who takes the role of teaching a child is welcome to join in the event, Alberts says, including school secretaries, bus drivers, principals, instructional aides, nurses and parents.

He adds it's part rally, carnival and reunion that features activities for kids, high-profile speakers and a teacher's swap meet.

Alberts explains that Michigan's teachers have faced a slew of challenges in recent years including an evaluation system linked to test scores, school-funding differences among districts, higher health-care costs and pay freezes.

"It's a profession right now where it feels like it's being legislated," says Alberts. "Versus being created and having open dialogue with those who are actually doing the work."

Saturday's rally coincides with the Michigan Education Association's Spring Representative Assembly in Lansing, as well as the end of Teacher's Appreciation Week.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - MI