DashBoard, May 3, 2017

Below is a list of Michigan's 50 largest school districts, based on the state's student counts for fall 2016. Included is a trend line for the past 10 years, and a comparison of each district's enrollment and rank by size has changed since fall 1991—25 years ago.

More than 165 board members and superintendents from around the state came together Tuesday at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing for the annual MASA/MASB Legislative Conference.

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With so many challenges facing school districts, where does one begin when it comes to prioritizing all the important things that need to be done?

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DashBoard, May 10, 2017

Last week, both the House and Senate passed their respective budgets. The Senate passed its School Aid budget, Senate Bill 149, by a vote of 23-15 and the House passed its education omnibus budget (including School Aid, community colleges and universities), House Bill 4313, by a vote of 60-47. There were no substantive changes made to the versions we've been reporting on for the past few weeks.

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently affirmed a decision of the Michigan Employment Relations Commission that found a union rule that only permits members to resign during a one-month window each year violates the Public Employment Relations Act.

The way to put a safety plan into action is through drills. As we know, the state of Michigan has specific requirements as to the type, quantity and timing of drills throughout the school year. The number of drills required is plentiful and scheduling and planning them can be challenging. However, the purpose of the drills is to practice your plan to ensure the procedures on paper actually work in a real emergency.

DashBoard, May 17, 2017

In 2014, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a set of bills into law that made some significant changes to the Michigan Merit Curriculum. The passage of those bills meets one of MASB’s legislative priorities set by our Board of Directors at the beginning of the 2013-2014 legislative session. The changes were fully implemented for the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

Now that bargaining season is upon us, it is time to start looking at where your district stands financially. It goes without saying that your bargaining team should have a handle on revenue, expense and fund balance projections for the coming school year, but are you paying close attention to your trends?

DashBoard, May 24, 2017

The Trump administration released its proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Education Budget with nearly $5 billion in cuts to eliminate or reduce current programs used by public schools, and $1 billion to promote school choice. Overall, the budget is 13% less than last year.

MASB spoke with State Superintendent Brian Whiston earlier this week about what’s happening at the state level and the presentation he’ll be giving at the Summer Leadership Institute, Aug. 11, 2017, at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island.

If you are in the midst of bargaining a new teacher contract, it is important to remember that certain topics that would seem logical to include in a teacher contract are actually prohibited subjects of bargaining under the Public Employment Relations Act (MCL 423.215).

Yesterday, the House and Senate introduced identical bills aimed at closing the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System’s hybrid plan and forcing all new hires into a 401K-style plan. Senate Bill 401 was introduced by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair Township) and referred to the Senate Committee on Education, which he chairs. House Bill 4647 was introduced by Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) and referred to the House Committee on Education Reform.

DashBoard, May 31, 2017

As legislation involving public schools continues to evolve at a rapid pace, trying to process and internalize new rules, mandates and requirements can often leave very little time to revisit and reacquaint ourselves with some very vital and longstanding responsibilities.

On May 23, the House and Senate introduced identical bills, HB 4647 and SB 401, aimed at closing the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System’s hybrid plan and require all new employees as of Oct. 1 into a 401k-style system. Call your legislators and tell them to oppose this expensive and unnecessary plan.

Spring is the most celebratory time of the school year—graduation, spring sport tournaments and recognition ceremonies to name a few, along with the end of the school year for those on traditional schedules.