Weekly Update 08/08/2017

Hello Change “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman  MEMSPA Leaders, this year brings changes initiated by 3rd Grade Reading Legislation; however, start your school year with confidence because as leaders of learning you have been …

Legislative Update 07/28/2017

School Omnibus Signed By the Governor Last week the Governor signed the final School Aid Budget for FY 17-18. The Governor used his line item veto authority to strike several categoricals from the budget including an online mathematics program in Sec. 99u, digital assessment preparation in Sec. 104e, and civics education in Sec. 99c. The Governors signing letter indicated that …

Legislative Update – 07/19/2017

Teacher Pension Reform is Now Law The contentious teacher pension reform bill (SB 401) that gives school instructors a more enticing 401(k) option, but makes the pension option less attractive, has been signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder. The reform plan will close the current “hybrid” plan in the Michigan Public Schools Employee Retirement System (MPSERS) to new enrollees …

Legislative Update – 06/23/2017

Final School Omnibus Budget Passes Both Chambers This week, the final School Omnibus budget cleared the final legislative hurdles and is on its way to the Governor’s desk. Below you will find a list of highlights of the FY 17-18 budget. If you would like further detail, here is a link to the detailed decision document covering all line items …

Third Grade Reading Bill – Part I

Third Grade Reading Bill District Requirements- Part I On October 6, 2016, the governor signed House Bill 4822 into law. It is commonly known as the 3rd grade reading bill. Today Michigan’s 3rd graders rank 41st in the country in reading proficiency with nearly half not proficient. We have a civic duty and moral responsibility to help every student read …