DashBoard, April 6, 2016

As districts prepare for bargaining season, there are few scheduling requirements that are helpful to keep in mind. Find out the six key requirements and relevant statute citations.

Consumers Energy is helping Michigan’s K-12 districts put millions back into educational programming. See how.

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At the beginning of every new legislative session, through input from members and approval by the Board of Directors, we create legislative priorities to help guide MASB’s advocacy efforts for the next two years. We’ll be starting the idea-gathering process for next session this fall—stay tuned for meetings in your area. In the meantime, here’s an update on the status of each of the 2015-2016 priorities.

DashBoard, April 13, 2016

Infrastructure has been in the news a lot lately. From school buildings in Detroit to lead pipes in Flint, it affects our daily lives. So how do you address it for the safety of your students? In Michigan, the answer isn’t easy. Michigan is one of a few states that do not have state monetary support for school infrastructure improvements. A district must go to its voters and ask them to support it through increased taxes for bonds or sinking funds. This is not always an easy task for a district and its leaders.

Election season is closer than you think and it’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming campaign season. Whether you are an individual up for re-election or a board that may need to recruit candidates, everyone should have a basic understanding of the process and the timetable.

DashBoard, April 20, 2016

Over the past few months, we have been getting a question here in the office that goes something like this: I have heard that the Affordable Care Act might impact the cash-in-lieu benefits that our district offers to our employees. What’s going on and what should we know?

Congratulations to the hundreds of board members across the state who participated in the MASB Certified Board Member Awards program in 2015.

DashBoard, April 27, 2016

If you serve on a school board long enough chances are, at some point, you’re going to have to deal with a fellow board member whose attitude and temperament go beyond merely “disagreeable” and into the realm of “antagonistic.” Increasingly, MASB has been fielding calls from exasperated members, inquiring as to “what can be done” about discourteous, obstructionist and sometimes just plain hostile board members. The answer? Not much, but also, more than you might think.

In order to increase interest in serving on a board of education, MASB launched the Get on Board campaign this past Monday with a press conference and media roundtable featuring MASB Executive Director Don Wotruba, MASB President Cindy Gansen, MASB President-Elect Brenda Carter, MASA Executive Director Chris Wigent and State Superintendent Brian Whiston. This grassroots campaign will focus on encouraging people to give back to the community and to help advocate for and improve student achievement.

On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee passed Senate Bill 826, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton), which would replace the current Michigan State Standards with the academic standards in effect in Massachusetts during the 2008-2009 school year. The Michigan State Standards have been in place since 2010 and are based on the Common Core State Standards that were developed by a consortium of states and education professionals.