The Michigan State Teacher’s Association was organized on this day in 1852. It was the forerunner of the Michigan Education Association.
The Michigan State Teacher’s Association got its start five years before the National Education Association was organized. The state group was renamed the Michigan Education Association in 1926. It is currently the largest public employee union in Michigan and the third-largest education association in the United States.
Headquartered in East Lansing, the MEA has about 157,000 members, who are K-12 teachers, college instructors, custodians, bus drivers, paraprofessionals and other school workers.