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DashBoard, June 5, 2019

An ambitious effort to reverse Michigan’s two-decade educational decline was pitched to Michigan’s policy elite [last] week with a show of broad-based political clout.

The four top lawmakers of Michigan’s legislature, Republicans and Democrats, spoke at a press conference touting the initiative, called Launch Michigan. To education experts, their joint presence was a sign that the group will be able to change Michigan’s education law where others have failed.

A number of professions have them, particularly in the areas of medicine, law and divinity. MASB even has them in the form of the Board of Education Governance Standards. But are you aware of the Michigan Code of Educational Ethics and that they have recently been updated after 16 years with the intent of making them easier to put into policy?

In the most recent MI SoundBoard podcast, Executive Director Don Wotruba spoke with Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R-Chesterfield), who was an art teacher in the East China School District and member of the L'Anse Creuse Public Schools Board of Education, before becoming a state representative. She is Chair of the House Education Committee and Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid and the Department of Education.

DashBoard, June 12, 2019

As the budget process grinds through the Legislature, we will do our best to keep you updated on the specific differences in each of the proposals. This week, we compare the House Subcommittee recommendation, the Senate-passed version and the Governor’s executive budget proposal.

Plato noted that "opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance" or more simply—if we don’t ask, we don’t know. The opinions of its audiences are essential to the viability of any membership organization. If, MASB in particular, doesn’t ask what the individuals we serve need and/or expect from us as an association, how do we know what to do?

DashBoard, June 26, 2019

Many school districts around the state are in the process of finalizing their contract negotiations with their employee unions. Once the district and union bargaining teams have reached agreement, they must put these tentative agreements to their respective constituencies for ratification. For the district team, the board must ratify the tentative agreement. Which board members may be excluded from voting on a tentative agreement is dictated in statute (see MCL 380.1203). For the union team, the union membership ratifies the tentative agreement. But who decides who may vote on the union side?

Last week, both the House and Senate took action to put their budget proposals s in place for conference committees. No real work was done on the details; there were merely procedural motions. The Senate was expected to spend this week in party caucuses on road funding issues and will not be meeting in regular session. The House is also not meeting this week. At this point it appears they will take an abbreviated summer break and could return mid-July. Their return mostly depends on budget negotiations. Additionally, the Senate Chamber is under construction and can’t be used, so the Senate’s return may be delayed into August.

A significant development in a long-standing case against using public dollars for private schools was announced on Tuesday. The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to consider the case after the American Civil Liberties Union and a coalition of public school entities, including MASB, submitted an appeal to a lower court ruling.