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The May Consensus Revenue Numbers are in and it's good news for the general fund and not so good (but not terrible) news for the School Aid Fund. A general fund revenue increase of $223.5 million would normally be expected to ease pressure on…
Officials from the state Department of Treasury and the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies met formally on Friday to come to consensus on the revenue numbers that the Governor and Legislature will use in building the final 2015-16 budget. The short…
If there was a theme this week in education politics in Lansing it was that when all was said and done, there was a lot more said than done. There were early rumors that the full Senate might be voting on SB 103, a stripped-down educator evaluation…
Public Act 204 of 2009 was kind of a big deal. In an attempt to compete for Race to the Top dollars, Michigan created the Top to Bottom list, the statewide cyber academies, the requirement that we evaluate teachers based on student growth,…
Proposal 1 (which would raise money to fix our roads and protect school funding) will be on the ballot this Tuesday, May 5, so go vote…vote yes…and take a fried or seventeen to the polls with you. This past Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee…
On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee reported out SB 103, an educator evaluation bill that falls far short of addressing the needs of schools. Despite testimony from a number of groups about the importance of using research-based evaluation…
After letting the issue languish for nearly a year, the Senate Education Committee has finally started debating educator evaluation legislation. Unfortunately, MASSP opposes the bill currently being debated (SB 103) due to its lack of both quality…
On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee took testimony on SB 103, a largely stripped down version of educator evaluation legislation introduced by committee chair Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair). MASSP opposes this legislation and testified…
The House Education Committee took testimony, but did not vote Tuesday on a pair of bills that would impact secondary Principals. The first was legislation that has already passed the Senate and would restore the ability of schools to allow some…
The House and Senate K-12 budget subcommittees each voted out their respective proposals for the FY 2015-16 School Aid Budget this week. The Senate proposal was quite similar to Governor Snyder's proposal, leaving a good deal of categorical funding…
Plenty of politics happening in Lansing this week, though the most substantive news was the State Board of Education's decision on Thursday to offer the job of State Superintendent of Public Instruction to current Dearborn Public Schools…
The State Board of Education was in the spotlight a lot this week. On Tuesday, the Board unanimously voted to issue a statement calling Governor Snyder's Executive Order (EO) to move the School Reform/Redesign Office (SRRO) out of MDE and into the…