MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – The Michigan Education Association’s newest president was in Marquette today as part of her statewide tour to learn about the challenges educators face. Paula Herbart, who started her term as president of the M.E.A. in September was a teacher for more than 20 years. Part of her stop in Marquette was to endorse Sara Cambensy, who has a background in public education for the 109th house district. Herbart says the best way to help fix Michigan’s education system is to have teachers heavily involved in the legislative process.
“Educators are more engaged than ever in the process, ensuring that their voice is heard on the front lines,” said Herbart. “We’re not stopping, we’re reaching out, we’re trying to get policy makers to understand that the lack of funding, the kinds of testing requirements, the devaluing of the profession is not helping public school educators.”
Herbart also spoke about the dangers of for profit education, like what is seen in 89% of the charter schools in Michigan.