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DashBoard, March 6, 2019

In the most recent MI SoundBoard podcast, Executive Director Don Wotruba sat down with Kim Marshall, author of the subscription-based Marshall Memo and keynote speaker at the MASB/MASA Joint Conference in early 2019. With 32 years of experience as an educator, he now is a "designated reader" culling the top education newson a weekly basis from various resources produced across the nation.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released her budget plan yesterday and included the largest investment in K-12 education that we’ve seen in quite some time. MASB joined with MASA, MAISA and MASSP in support of the proposal.

Now that marijuana is legal for recreational use in Michigan school districts have begun raising questions regarding their current drug enforcement policies and whether those policies must now be updated or modified. The answer is that your prior policies should require very little, if any, changes.

DashBoard, March 13, 2019

We gave an overview of the School Aid Budget in the last issue; this week, we break it down by sections and focus on what you need to know. As always, keep in mind this is the first step in a long process and we have yet to get any indication about what the Legislature will do with this budget. The funding in her proposal is predicated on moving universities out of the School Aid budget and reinvesting that $500 million in K-12 programs. If you’d like to read the details of the sections you can find them by the listed page number within the executive budget proposal.

The 10 recipients of the 2019 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 from their applications, presented in alphabetical order by district. This week we highlight the Peer Mediation Team at Capac Community Schools.

The State Board of Education had a full agenda for its March meeting yesterday, starting with an award recognition and ending with the adoption of a resolution on dignity in schools.

DashBoard, March 20, 2019

School House Rock taught us how a bill becomes a law, but where is the catchy tune to tell us how to effectively respond to legislation that could impact—positively or negatively—our communities?

The 10 recipients of the 2019 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 from their applications, presented in alphabetical order by district. This week we highlight The Education Project at Livingston Educational Service Agency.

Michigan’s new Paid Medical Leave Act will take effect on March 29, 2019. It requires employers to pay eligible employees for earned medical leave time, which may be used for personal and family medical and health needs. The leave must accrue at a rate of at least one hour for every 35 actual hours worked, but employees need not be permitted to accrue more than one hour in a calendar week or 40 hours in a benefit year.

Job satisfaction among Michigan teachers is middling, they don’t feel supported or respected, and the majority of them would not recommend it as a career path to others. While this is not necessarily new information, we now have data to back up these statements courtesy of the Launch Michigan coalition.

In the most recent MI SoundBoard podcast, Executive Director Don Wotruba sat down with two of the three Launch Michigan cochairs, Paula Herbart, President of the Michigan Education Association and Doug Rothwell, President and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan.

DashBoard, March 27, 2019

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 10 recipients of the 2019 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 from their applications, presented in alphabetical order by district. This week we highlight the M-PACKS Backpack Program at Munising Public Schools.

The release of last week’s educator survey results from Launch Michigan confirmed that a number of concerns raised about the state of public education in Michigan were being felt by those in the classroom. The next steps associated with that feedback are for the coalition, which MASB is part of, to make recommendations about how to resolve the issues to the legislative and executive state government branches later this spring.

Many of the laws passed during lame duck were signed with a 90-day effective date from when they were signed. Those laws will be going into effect this week and next. Here’s a refresher of what new laws could affect your district.

Congratulations to the more than 185 board members across the state who participated in the MASB Board Member Awards program in 2018.

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