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DashBoard, May 1, 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. Last week’s News From the Capitol outlined the Senate proposal. This week, we compare the Senate K-12 subcommittee recommendation with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive budget proposal.

Strong communication skills are universal to any interactions we have with other people. Be it at the board table, with coworkers, clients or vendors, or even with our family members and friends. To that end, MASB is holding a Communications & Marketing Conference on May 15, 2019 in Lansing to help build up your communications toolkit.

One of the questions regularly posed by Paul Salah, Ed.D., Superintendent at Huron Valley Schools, is: “what’s the why?” He raised this up to attendees of MASB’s Spring Institute this past Friday, April 26, in Grand Rapids, regarding assessments. While not an ideal answer, he noted that, in Michigan’s current environment, fear + accountability = increased assessment.

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 Education for Employment Horticulture at Vicksburg Community Schools.

The State Board of Education has selected three candidates to continue the process to become Michigan’s next State Superintendent.

DashBoard, May 8, 2019

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 Sweet Reads literacy program in the Waterford School District.

Last week was a crazy one for the snow day legislation. On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, the Senate unexpectedly brought up House Bill 4206 and changed it to match Senate Bill 113 which, for this school year only, would automatically forgive any day that school was canceled during the State of Emergency, specifically listed as Jan. 29 through Feb. 2, 2019. However, during debate, amendments to make that permissive instead of automatic, as well as to make sure hourly employees were compensated were defeated. Due to those defeats, the bill was passed, but did not get enough votes to get immediate effect. This meant that the forgiveness would not go into effect until March 2020.

A clear vision and education experience outside of the state of Michigan—those were the deciding factors in the State Board of Education voting 5-3 to offer the State Superintendent of Public Instruction position to Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael Rice, Ph.D.

Under Michigan law (MCL 722.623), individuals who are considered to be mandatory reporters are required to report any and all suspected child abuse and/or neglect that they encounter to Children’s Protective Services. The list of mandatory reporters consists of certain professionals who have a greater likelihood of establishing relationships with children, and therefore, a greater likelihood of encountering instances of possible abuse, such as physicians, social workers, therapists and so on.

In the most recent MI SoundBoard podcast, Executive Director Don Wotruba sat down with Paul Salah, Ed.D., Superintendent of Huron Valley Schools and "testing expert" to discuss assessments.

DashBoard, May 15, 2019

Stoney Creek High School’s Cara Lougheed has taught thousands of students; mentored numerous future teachers; and inspired her colleagues for more than two decades throughout Rochester Community Schools and Oakland County.

If your school district is in the process of negotiating new collective bargaining agreements, it will soon be time for the board to consider ratifying the newly bargained agreements. Typically, once the board and union bargaining teams reach a tentative agreement, the board will vote on ratification at the next scheduled board meeting. But some board members should not vote on those agreements because they have a conflict of interest.

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. MASB has been sharing the details of each program from their applications, presented in alphabetical order by district for the last few months. This week we highlight the final 2019 awardee, the STEAM Laboratory in Williamston Community Schools.

A week after recommending the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the State Board of Education was back at it for their monthly meeting with a packed agenda, including a school finance presentation, update on accountability systems, K-12 computer science standards and a moratorium on educator preparation programs.

DashBoard, May 22, 2019

In the most recent MI SoundBoard podcast, Executive Director Don Wotruba spoke with Adam Fletcher, Founder of SoundOut.org about the importance of student voice, particularly at the the board table.

Does a graduation ceremony have to be posted as a “meeting” if all school board members attend it together?

How do I keep the plates spinning?

That’s the question I often ask myself when it comes to balancing everything on my to-do lists, both personally and professionally. That’s also the question that we often hear education leaders asking themselves when it comes to strategically thinking about school district communications and marketing. It’s easy to prioritize this area of work last, but at what cost? If we’re not telling our school district’s story, someone else may take the liberty of doing so—true or not; and people will listen, and believe them.

The Senate passed Senate Bill 146, which contains its 2019-2020 School Aid budget proposal last week by a vote of 21-17. Despite multiple amendments offered on the original proposal, the bill passed without any significant changes.

The Michigan Association of School Boards is excited to share recent staff additions and changes.

DashBoard, May 29, 2019

With little movement on anything else while the Michigan Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer worked out changes to the no-fault auto insurance laws over the last couple of weeks, here’s a status update on where items related to public education stand.

We are now about five weeks away from June 30, a common expiration date for teacher contracts across the state. Here are some things that happen if the calendar turns over to July before the board and the union agree on a new contract:

“Back in my day. . .” Is a potential adult response when a child or young adult brings up an issue they’re experiencing at home, in school or out in society. The adult is trying to provide a solution or commiserate based on their own experience at the same age. But as it has evolved with every generation, the context isn’t quite the same making it more challenging to adapt that solution to their situation. Technology in particular has made a significant impact on how kids react and respond to what is around them.

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