DashBoard, Feb. 5, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered her second State of the State address on Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020. Her speech was focused on four issue areas: roads, health care, jobs and education, and lasted just over a half-hour.

Seventy board members and superintendents from Michigan attended the 2020 National School Boards Association’s Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C. this past week. Second only to Texas, it was a strong showing of passionate and committed members representing their boards and public education in general. In all, more than 820 school board members from across the country descended on our nation’s Capitol to stand up for public education.

Richard “Rick” Burmeister Jr., President of the Saginaw Intermediate School District Board of Education, never thought to add attending the State of the Union address to his bucket list since it seemed to be such an unattainable goal. But he was able to check that box last night when he was selected as the guest of U.S. Sen. Gary Peters.

DashBoard, Feb. 19, 2020

For the last 27 years, the SET SEG Foundation and MASB have partnered to give Education Excellence Awards to programs that show leadership in public education and a positive impact on the lives of students. The 10 recipients being recognized in 2020 were recently announced.

State Budget Director Chris Kolb presented the executive budget recommendations to the Legislature on Feb. 6, 2020 officially kicking off budget season. As stated in her press release, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget focuses on “increased funding for education and skill development, providing for the health and needs of working families, and protecting Michigan’s water.”

With the Governor’s budget proposal being released earlier this month, now is the perfect time to let your opinion be heard by contacting your state legislators with information on how it will impact your district. 

Almost 12,000 individuals provided feedback on the Michigan Department of Education’s Top 10 in 10 Strategic Plan through an open survey that closed on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. An initial review of the results at the Feb. 11, 2020 State Board of Education meeting noted that providing adequate and equitable funding, addressing the teacher shortage and providing quality instruction for all students were the top three issue areas respondents felt should be included as goals.