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DashBoard, Aug. 1, 2018

The three most recent episodes of the MI SoundBoard podcast have included interviews between MASB Executive Director Don Wotruba and Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles, Small Business Association of Michigan President Rob Fowler and Food Bank Council of Michigan Executive Director Phil Knight, Ph.D. The discussions have covered carrying on the late Brian Whiston's fight for public education, how long-term educational attainment correlates to meeting the needs of small businesses and how we ensure kids have adequate access to food.

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 Bison After School Enrichment program in New Buffalo Area Schools.

In addition to the new MASB Officers who were introduced in the last issue of DashBoard, the following members were recently elected or appointed to seats on the MASB Board of Directors.

The Ann Arbor and Clio school boards once again successfully defended their policies that prohibit individuals from possessing a firearm on school grounds. In a decision issued on July 27, 2018, the Michigan Supreme Court concluded that Michigan law does not preempt school districts from adopting policies regulating firearm possession on school property.

Here in Missouri, there continues to be much public interest in school safety, but limited state support for school safety initiatives. Through some innovate federal grants in the early 2010s, the Missouri School Boards’ Association tackled the idea of bringing a statewide safety center into existence outside of state government. Both the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Public Safety were willing to be partners in a new model. The Center for Education Safety began as a fully federally funded entity, housed at MSBA and supported by MSBA, DESE, DPS and several other state agencies that had interest in school safety.

As you are all well aware, the primary election is less than a week away. In many areas, the primary can be more important than the general. If you live in a very Democrat or very Republican area, the general election is a formality; it’s the winner of the party primary who will serve as your elected official.

DashBoard, Aug. 15, 2018

Two weeks ago, a Michigan Court of Appeals decision reinforced that public bodies that vote to move into closed session for purposes of consulting with an attorney regarding pending litigation must identify the litigation at issue. In a unanimous decision, the Appeals Court upheld a lower court ruling in favor of two Plaintiffs who argued that the Delta College Board of Trustees violated Section 268(e) of the Open Meetings Act by failing to specifically name the pending litigation prior to convening a closed session in order to discuss the litigation with legal counsel.

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 District Literacy Bus in Otsego Public Schools.

A new poll commissioned by the School Finance Research Collaborative (which MASB is part of) and performed by nationwide research company Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, shows widespread support for changing the way we fund Michigan’s schools to make it fairer and meet the individual needs of all students.

Legislative Priority Setting Meetings have been scheduled throughout the state over the next two months. These meetings will bring together board members, superintendents and MASB’s Government Relations staff to brainstorm what your Association’s focus should be for the 2019-2020 legislative session.

This past weekend, more than 120 school board members and superintendents took in board briefings on several topics, learned about what Missouri has been doing in the realm of school safety, and participated in further developing their board service skills through Board Member Certification (CBA) classes and Board President Workshops.

Should your school offer chocolate milk to students? Yes! Contrary to misperceptions that chocolate milk is not a healthy choice for children because of its added sugar, the science shows that chocolate milk provides health benefits to kids. In fact, eliminating children’s access to chocolate milk may do more harm than good. Here are five reasons your school should offer chocolate milk to students.


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DashBoard, Aug. 29, 2018

On July 31, 2018, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins V) was reauthorized. It will take effect on July 1, 2019, which will mark the beginning of a one-year transitional period. The transition period will allow eligible entities, like the Michigan Department of Education, to submit a one-year transition plan. For the Tile I Basic State Grant program, the law authorizes $1.229 billion for fiscal year 2019, and gradually increases to $1.318 billion in 2024 (subject to yearly congressional appropriation and presidential approval). 

The state’s focus and investment into early childhood and early literacy programming over the past several years is beginning to show positive outcomes in statewide testing results, the Michigan Department of Education said today.

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 Owosso Cares Food Backpack Program in Owosso Public Schools.

State education officials plan to withhold the public release of science scores from the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress for two years because they say the exam is a sample test that does not yet measure student proficiency.

Neola’s transition to a state-of-the-art digital policy publishing platform, which will cut in half the time it takes to process new and updated materials, is now underway in Michigan.

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