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DashBoard, Feb. 7, 2018

To set the stage, there has been a group that includes audit firm representatives, legal firm representatives, Office of Retirement Services, Michigan School Business Officials, Department of Technology, Management and Budget/Treasury that has been discussing the 3% issue for more than two years.

“Compatible” is a legal term applied to a combination of public offices that can be occupied simultaneously by one person without creating a conflict of interest. “Incompatible,” when applied to a combination of public offices, means that a conflict of interest would exist if one person held them at the same time. Public Act 566 of 1978 prohibits a person from holding incompatible public offices at the same time (MCL 15.181 et seq.).

With more than 75 board members and superintendents at the National School Boards Association’s Advocacy Institute in Washington D.C., Michigan was once again tied with Texas for the largest delegation! In all, more than 700 school board members from across the country descended on our nation’s Capitol to stand up for public education.

Michigan Future Inc. released three reports on prosperity last year—a 21st century policy agenda followed by documents focused on education and shared prosperity.

In the most recent MI SoundBoard podcast, Executive Director Don Wotruba continued his conversation with Michigan Future Inc. President Lou Glazer (Part One can be accessed here). Among the topics in this episode, they discuss where recent graduates want to live and what statewide factors influence those choices.

MASB is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors made up of two directors from each of the eight Regions, and one director each from Groups V, VI and VII.

Directors are elected by MASB member districts to serve up to three-year terms. Ballots for four Regions (1, 5, 7 and 8) were distributed via email to superintendent secretaries in the last week for each district to cast its vote in this year’s elections.

DashBoard, Feb. 14, 2018

The results continue to be shared with education stakeholders and more resources are becoming available, giving the recently released School Finance Research Collaborative Study “legs” as we move further into 2018.

Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw) introduced House Bill 5526, and brought it up for a hearing in House Education Reform last week. The bill would create an Education Accountability Policy Commission to develop a school grading system that assigns each public school in Michigan a letter grade between A and F. Rep. Kelly stated he intends to have multiple hearings before trying to bring the legislation up for a vote.

Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder released his 2018-2019 budget recommendations to the Legislature. We were pleased to see that he included a $120-240 per-pupil increase to the foundation allowance. However, we also have concerns with some of his proposals. Full details about the School Aid Fund budget and overall state budget are available on the budget office website.

Bottom line—do not ratify another agreement with such language in it. The potential for a legal battle, negative news and fines is not worth it.

MASB is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors made up of two directors from each of the eight Regions, and one director each from Groups V, VI and VII.

Directors are elected by MASB member districts to serve up to three-year terms. Ballots for four Regions (1, 5, 7 and 8) were distributed via email to superintendent secretaries in the last week for each district to cast its vote in this year’s elections.

DashBoard, Feb. 21, 2018

Even though weather threatened to derail their plans and the district was closed as a result, employees and students of Genesee Intermediate School District took part in its first Day of Giving intended to result in 1,800 acts of kindness in 18 hours throughout the community. They far exceeded their goal, impacting 3,471 people on Feb. 12, 2018.

As we read through school districts’ collective bargaining agreements, there are a number of potential issues we look for. Some issues can be particularly difficult to identify, and have the potential to be quite costly and disruptive. One of those potentially difficult issues is district-sponsored legal representation for employees.

Three new staff recently joined the MASB team—Jay Bennett, M.Ed., Leadership Services Manager, De'Shondria Bedenfield, Policy Analyst and Grassroots Coordinator, and Austin Pabian, Graphic Designer.

MASB is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors made up of two directors from each of the eight Regions, and one director each from Groups V, VI and VII.

Directors are elected by MASB member districts to serve up to three-year terms. Ballots for four Regions (1, 5, 7 and 8) were distributed via email to superintendent secretaries in the last week for each district to cast its vote in this year’s elections.

DashBoard, Feb. 28, 2018

MASB is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors made up of two directors from each of the eight Regions, and one director each from Groups V, VI and VII.

Directors are elected by MASB member districts to serve up to three-year terms. Ballots for four Regions (1, 5, 7 and 8) were distributed via email to superintendent secretaries for each district to cast its vote in this year’s elections.

On Feb. 22, 2018, Gov. Rick Snyder held a large press event in Detroit at the Michigan Science Center to announce his Marshall Plan for Talent. He describes the plan as “a revolutionary partnership between educators, employers and other stakeholders to transform Michigan’s talent pipeline.” The plan includes about $100 million in funding for new programs to be added to current budget items. It is unclear at this time how the programs will be funded.

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 Nature Begindergarten at Barhitte Elementary in Bentley Community Schools.

House Republicans introduced a package of legislation to establish standards that teacher preparation institutions must meet in order to be certified by the State Superintendent. House Bills 5598-5605 would prohibit the superintendent of public instruction from certifying a teacher preparation instruction unless the institution’s program meets certain criteria, requires faculty within the teacher preparation program to undergo continuing education in a K-12 classroom, as well as create financial incentives for mentor teachers who work with student teachers and create a master teacher corp. The package was introduced on Feb. 20, 2018, and will receive its first hearing in the House Education Reform Committee on Thursday.

Does the Open Meetings Act allow a school board to meet in closed session to discuss school security and student safety?

Presently, OMA doesn’t include an exception that specifically permits a school board to consider security planning for the purpose of student safety in a closed meeting. The Freedom of Information Act, however, includes a provision that provides confidentiality to “[r]ecords of a public body’s security measures, including security plans, security codes and combinations, passwords, passes, keys, and security procedures, to the extent that the records are related to the ongoing security of the public body.” (MCL 15.243(1)(u))

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