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DashBoard, April 4, 2018

The Legislature is already considering many issues affecting education and are moving along in the budget process. The upcoming MASA/MASB Legislative Conference provides you with the perfect opportunity to advocate on behalf of your district, its students and public education in Michigan.

Congratulations to the more than 200 board members across the state who participated in the MASB Certified Board Member Awards program in 2017.

Equity—it’s such a small word but conveys so much meaning. As part of MASB’s Spring Institute later this month in Kalamazoo cosponsored by the Michigan Association of African-American Superintendents, Friday afternoon sessions will focus on this topic. We sat down with one of the presenters, Tracey Benson, Associate Executive Director for the Arizona School Boards Association, to ask her a few questions about what has been happening in her state and how it can apply to Michigan.

The 25 recipients of the 2018 MASB/SET SEG Foundation Education Excellence Awards are some of the greatest examples of unique and innovative public school programs in the state of Michigan. Over the next few months, MASB will share the details of each program, presented in alphabetical order by district. This week we highlight the Drew Horticulture Program at the Charles Drew Transition Center in Detroit Public Schools Community District.

DashBoard, April 11, 2018

Commencement is just around the corner. Here are a few legal questions that might come up in your district in the run up to your seniors’ big day. 

Yesterday afternoon, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid and Education released its budget proposal as House Bill 5576. Overall, the budget is $86 million above Governor Rick Snyder’s revised recommendation. It includes the Governor’s proposed per-pupil foundation increase of $120 to $240 distributed through the 2x formula, but maintains cyber school per-pupil funding at 100%.

The Legislature returned from its Spring Break this week and we expect they’ll be very active in the next few months. First on their agenda is budgets. Along with this budget conversation, the House and Senate will also continue to review Governor Snyder’s Marshall Plan for Talent, legislation looking to create statewide definitions and procedures for truancy, legislation relating to A-F letter grading for schools and teacher preparation and more!

The 25 recipients of the 2018 MASB/SET SEG Foundation Education Excellence Awards are some of the greatest examples of unique and innovative public school programs in the state of Michigan. Over the next few months, MASB will share the details of each program, presented in alphabetical order by district. This week we highlight the Introducing International Cultural and Cuisine: A Partnership in the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area School District.

In the most recent MI SoundBoard podcast, Executive Director Don Wotruba sat down with Ron French, Senior Writer for Michigan’s award-winning Bridge Magazine. They discussed, among other topics, possible reasons for why Michigan didn’t make it to the final round of Amazon’s second world headquarters, and how improved education attainment and workforce retention could have possibly yielded different results.

DashBoard, April 18, 2018

First introduced two years ago, MASB's Get on Board campaign is underway again for the 2018 election. The grassroots effort focuses on encouraging people to give back to their community and to help advocate for and improve student achievement through board service.

The 25 recipients of the 2018 MASB/SET SEG Foundation Education Excellence Awards are some of the greatest examples of unique and innovative public school programs in the state of Michigan. Over the next few months, MASB will share the details of each program, presented in alphabetical order by district. This week we highlight the Kreeger Popcorn Crew at Kreeger Elementary in Fowlerville Community Schools.

The 2018 MASA/MASB Legislative Conference will be held on May 22 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Lansing, and includes sessions on school safety and the most recent legislative proposals regarding career and technical education.

Many school districts across the state cancelled school this week as a result of yet another winter storm. Naturally, this has prompted a number of questions about state policies on snow days.

DashBoard, April 25, 2018

In the most recent MI SoundBoard podcast, Executive Director Don Wotruba sat down with Brandy Johnson, Executive Director for the Michigan College Access Network. They discussed how MCAN, which has only been around for eight years, is trying to bridge the gap of the K-12 community and postsecondary education opportunities (and what is included as an option for students). Right now, Michigan holds around 44% educational attainment. We need to be around 60-70% to meet the labor demands of the market.

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.

The 25 recipients of the 2018 MASB/SET SEG Foundation Education Excellence Awards are some of the greatest examples of unique and innovative public school programs in the state of Michigan. Over the next few months, MASB will share the details of each program, presented in alphabetical order by district. This week we highlight the Fathers and Men Engaged program at Genesee ISD.

When you decided to run for your school board position, I’m sure this question came up a number of times (and maybe still does!). But the decision you made to serve, puts you among more than 4,000 men and women volunteers on boards for the 600+ public school districts in Michigan. While many board members serve multiple terms, the turnover rate is considerable. There are nearly 700 new members elected every even year so it’s important for school boards to be forward looking, long before the candidate petition process begins.

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