DashBoard, Feb. 3, 2016

Last week, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a ruling in a case between Tracey Sahouri, a former elementary school principal, and Hartland Consolidated Schools. MASB filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the school district in this case. In its ruling, the Court found for the district on some counts and found for the plaintiff on others, allowing her to continue her case.

Submitted by Jamey Fitzpatrick, President & CEO, Michigan Virtual University

When I was a K-12 student years ago the idea of selecting individual classes from multiple providers located outside of my community was a foreign concept. Technology, innovation and powerful shifts in state policies have created a new landscape of opportunity for K-12 students in Michigan.

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DashBoard, Feb. 10, 2016

As a result of the recent court order that enjoins the state from enforcing Public Act 269 Subsection 57(3), school districts may now inform community members of the facts surrounding an upcoming ballot proposal at any time prior to the election. The Michigan Campaign Finance Act still prohibits the use of public funds to advocate for or against ballot proposals, so school districts must still use care when disseminating information to ensure that it is factual and doesn’t attempt to influence the outcome of the proposal.

Today, Gov. Rick Snyder released his 2016-2017 budget recommendations to the Legislature, listing the Flint water crisis and Detroit Public Schools as his top priorities.

The Senate Committee on Government Relations has begun hearings on Senate Bills 710 and 711, which address Detroit Public Schools.

DashBoard, Feb. 17, 2016

Last Tuesday, State Superintendent Brian Whiston and the State Board of Education approved a report that outlines seven goals and 44 strategies to make Michigan a top 10 education state within the next 10 years.

So many issues are flying at you when you’re on a school board. From buses to food vendors to personnel, it can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t always have to be.

DashBoard, Feb. 24, 2016

Last week, the House Republicans unveiled their proposal for Detroit Public Schools. While it retains the idea of creating two districts, the original Detroit Public Schools and a new Detroit Community Schools, it goes much farther in prescribing activities and regulating the new district.

Next school year, new requirements will go into effect for superintendent evaluation. But it’s not too early to start planning for this now. To help your board prepare, let’s break down the basics of three key areas you need to look at—tool selection, training and communicating with the public.

If you’ve been keeping a close eye on your News From the Capitol briefings then you know that the Legislature is introducing, considering and passing a significant amount of education-related law every month. Moreover, many of these changes can be classified as anything but “minor.” In addition to right-to-work and the new prohibited subjects of bargaining, more recent legislative action has brought about significant changes to the teacher/administrator evaluation process, as well as very detailed reporting rules regarding districts headed toward financial distress.