DashBoard, April 1, 2020

Are you looking for a way to be more involved in your Association? Do you want to share your expertise and perspective statewide? Do you want to network and connect with your peers on important discussions that impact education? Serving on one of MASB’s committees may be the right opportunity for you.

The U.S. Congress recently agreed on a $2 trillion emergency supplemental spending bill called the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act. President Donald Trump signed the bill into law shortly after it passed last week. The legislation contains $16.5 billion for an Education Stabilization Fund to assist states and school districts for costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

When I worked on my college newspaper, we did an annual April Fools’ Day edition filled with outlandish, entertaining, completely fabricated stories that were, in true AFD fashion, the exact opposite of the truth. If only our current reality were the worst, most elaborate April Fools’ joke we’ve ever heard.

The COVID-19 coronavirus has disrupted many things this spring, including the launch of the 2020 Census campaign. The census went live on March 12, only one day before Michigan’s schools were closed and only two weeks before Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered residents to “stay home, stay safe, save lives.” Despite these setbacks, the campaign to encourage residents to fill out the census form continues.

Silver linings. Four syllables that might not mean as much to others have truly helped reframe my perspective during this historic pandemic we’re currently facing as a global population. At the end of the day, I have to reckon with the fact that I can only control so much, and I’ve attempted to lean more into those aspects rather than what I can’t control and let my body respond accordingly (this is hard coming from a very Type A control freak).

DashBoard, April 15, 2020

In the school board world, the last couple of weeks usually have been filled with activities like attending the National School Boards Association’s Annual Conference (which was going to be so close this year in Chicago!); taking a spring break; starting the annual state assessment process for students; and holding a board meeting sitting next to each other in the same room as all of your district and public participants, among other activities.

Last Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order would be extended until April 30, 2020. She also announced some tightening of rules. You may still leave your home for necessities like obtaining food and medicine and to check on vulnerable family members, but she’s urging stores to limit the number of people inside and to rope off sections that are not considered to be necessities.

Congratulations to the more than 175 board members across the state who participated in the MASB Board Member Awards program in 2019.

DashBoard, April 29, 2020

On April 24, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended her stay-at-home order through May 15, 2020 to combat the spread of COVID-19, but with some significant lifting of restrictions on retailers and outdoor recreation.

The Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators is pleased to announce the selection of Tina Kerr, M.A., Ed.D. as its new Executive Director effective July 1, 2020.

The National School Boards Association, the leading advocate for public education, announced it has appointed Anna Maria Chávez as its Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m finally starting to settle into some sense of routine in our current “normal.” That isn’t to say that my emotions still aren’t all over the place—happy, sad; frustrated, satisfied; anxious, a little less anxious; guilty, validated—they run the gamut at any given moment. We’re not so much in a place where FOMO (fear of missing out) is occurring, but more so FONH (fear of not happening).

That is quite an understatement. The global pandemic has wreaked havoc on nearly every aspect of our lives from closing schools, pushing people into unemployment, closing businesses, and creating volatility in the stock and bond markets. If your school district is considering bond issuance, what is the most effective strategy for turbulent times?

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