Legislative Update – 7/12/2019

While legislative leadership has held some meetings with the State Budget Office, there has not been much movement at all with respect to finalizing the budget. The Governor continues to hold firm on her position that a budget agreement must contain substantial additional revenue for roads without sacrificing other areas within the budget to do so, while Republican leadership in …

Legislative Update – 06/28/2019

Legislative Action Neither the House nor the Senate held session votes this week, but both chambers added tentative session days over the next several weeks; which of these are likely to hold actual voting is still up in the air at this point. This said, with the budget still not complete and a road funding agreement not yet reached, it …

Weekly Update – 06/25/2019

Ending with the Beginning in Mind Paul Liabenow, Executive Director My guess is that relieved and hopeful describe most of you. You are ready for a summer break R & R and family fun. How would you describe your past school year 2018-19? Did you finish well? Did you see gains in student achievement that you hoped for, that you …

Legislative Update – 06/24/2019

Legislative Action The House passed HB 4162 (Reilly) this week to eliminate the state’s requirement that local districts administer the WorkKeys assessment on a vote of 86-24. It now goes before the Senate for committee consideration. Both chambers added tentative session days over the next several weeks; which of these are likely to hold actual voting is up in the …

Weekly Update – 06/18/2019

Summer Learning Opportunity Amie McCaw, MEMSPA Professional Development Chair Well, we made it! Another year in the books and we are on to our summer schedule. I wish all of you the rest and reflection time that is so important for us to feel rejuvenated when the 2019-2020 school year begins. As you are finalizing your summer plans, please note …

Legislative Update – 06/14/2019

Committee Action The House Education committee met this week and took testimony on HB 4342 (Paquette), which would allow family members of pupils who do not meet the 60 college credit substitute teacher requirement to substitute teach in their school. The House Appropriations committee met this week and advanced Chairman Miller’s budget recommendation to the full House, where it will …

Weekly Update – 06/11/2019

Principal to Principal: How Many Days Do You Have Left to Change the Life of a Child? Derek Wheaton Derek Wheaton “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing, the last of the human freedoms . . . to choose one’s attitude.” -Victor Frankl Right around the end of April every year, someone would put the number of …

Legislative Update – 06/07/2019

Committee Action The House Education committee met this week and advanced HB 4208 (Johnson) to prohibit family members from evaluating other family members as part of an educator evaluation, as well as HB 4262 (Reilly) to remove the mandatory superintendent sign-off for allowing homeschooled students to obtain work permits. The advancement of HB 4208 did include the adoption of an …

MEMSPA Middle Level Newsletter – 06/01/2019

The May Marathon Carmen Maring, MEMSPA Middle Level Chair Phew! The marathon month of May is over with its final evaluations, school improvement plans, transition meetings, master schedules, field trips, interviews, concerts, and other events. May as a principal reminds me of a marathon. Two years ago I let my guard down and was talked into training for the Traverse …