Legislative Update – 9/25/17

Supplemental Budget Reported from Committee Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported the fall supplemental budget bill, SB 133. The highlights of the bill are as follows: Revises the entry age into GSRP from age 4 by September 1st to age 4 by December 1st with a parent waiver. This change would make GSRP in line with kindergarten entry dates. …

Weekly Update – 09/26/2017

Two Ways to Support a Learning Community Paul Liabenow September 18th, 2017 As a new school year begins, of course we wish that all children could walk into the classroom each day ready to learn. In an ideal world, our classrooms are populated by children who are well-rested, well-fed and have everything they need to reach their full academic potential. The …

MEMSPA Connects – Principal Induction Program

Principals today are asked to wear many hats. Research studies support- the principal is the key to success in the building.  However, research also shows that many early career leaders may not be given the support necessary to be successful within their first few years on the job.  Great teachers are often encouraged to become principals; however, the skill set …

Legislative Update – 08/28/2017

Early Literacy (K-3) Additional Instructional Time Grant Opportunity As a part of the State 2017-18 school aid appropriations (PA 108 of 2017 Sec. 35a), the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is releasing one (1) grant that is intended to increase student achievement in early literacy. MEMORANDUM MCL: 380.1280f Third-Grade Reading Law Revised Initial and Extensive Assessment Lists and Update Frequently Asked …

Weekly Update – 08/22/2017

Mindfulness Matters! “Mindfulness is about putting down our juggling balls for a bit. It’s about embracing the beauty of monotasking.” –Mary Elizabeth Williams Goodbye Summer!  Hello Fall!  You have hopefully spent some time rejuvenating and respiriting your heart, body, and soul!  Crunch time looms as you begin the preparation for another wonderful school year start!  I don’t have to remind …

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 …