Legislative Advocacy

MCEA works to create a better understanding and support for the needs of urban school districts within state and federal government.  MCEA staff monitor legislation and programs to provide information on the latest developments affecting member districts. MCEA also develops solutions to address current issues, coordinating with other stakeholders to generate support for policies to better serve the needs of urban students. Middle Cities has been especially active in school restructuring, finance and education reform efforts. A number of MCEA school district representatives and MCEA staff members serve on state policy committees and advisory groups, thereby affording Middle Cities direct input into state-level decision making.

Close the Opportunity Gap

COG is a group of school districts, organizations, and interested individuals working together to close the opportunity gap for Michigan’s students.

Poverty Matters

An advocacy campaign focused on educating the public about the unique needs of at-risk students and advocating for increased 31-A funding for at-risk K-12 students.

Michigan Schools

Energy Cooperative

A not-for-profit cooperative that helps member school districts across Michigan procure affordable natural gas and electric power.

School Energy Choice

A project aimed at educating the Michigan Legislature about the importance of the Electric Choice Program to Michigan's public schools. 

Recent Advocacy News

March 5, 2019

Leaders from Michigan’s urban school districts praised Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s inaugural state budget for Fiscal Year 2020, saying the document contains “historic changes” in the way education fundin...

December 21, 2018

“This diversion of dedicated dollars for schools is counter to every piece of research that tells us we must invest in our schools and our children’s future,” said Ray Telman, Executive Director of t...

November 14, 2018

The Middle Cities Education Association (MCEA) is proud to announce Dr. Glenn Maleyko, current MCEA director and superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools, has been named the 2019 Superintendent of t...

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