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Going into the 2020-21 school year, one of the biggest challenges facing schools is how to meet attendance, days and hours requirements with so many unknowns. In an effort to give schools some much needed certainty, MASSP together with State…
In a normal year, the release of the MI Safe Schools plan at the end of the June would be enough political news to dominate an entire summer, but this is not a normal year...rather, the health and safety protocols that were the main focus of the…
This week, Governor Whitmer, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, and Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield announced in a joint statement that they had reached agreement on how to address Michigan's current year budget shortfalls. The deal relies on a…
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020- 21 Return to School Roadmap. The extensive document outlines a series of requirements and recommendations for reopening schools this fall. Totaling 63 pages, the document is…
This month, MASSP has been collecting signatures on a petition to Michigan's Congressional delegation, urging them to support more funding for K-12 education. In just over three weeks, 5,017 public school advocates signed on to support our students…
In a case of what might be some of the worst political timing in recent memory, Michigan legislative Republicans rolled out their version of a Return to Learn plan for schools for the coming fall just a week before the actual Return to School…
On Wednesday, the Michigan Legislature adopted SB 690, a supplemental budget bill that will spend another $880 million dollars of what was initially $3.1 billion in Michigan's Coronavirus Relief Fund. While the vast majority of the spending was…
In a press conference Wednesday, Governor Whitmer announced that, on June 30, her office will release "an executive order and a robust document called Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap that will provide details on what will be required and what…
On Wednesday, the Michigan Legislature adopted SB 690, a supplemental budget bill that will spend another $880 million dollars of what was initially $3.1 billion in Michigan's Coronavirus Relief Fund. While the vast majority of the spending was…
A new memo from the Michigan Department of Education clarifies the rules for summer school and other school-based summer programming. MDE MEMO #COVID-19-070 Summer Programming Guidance outlines that "Upon the expiration of a district’s 2019-2020…
On Friday, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-120, which expressly allows K-12 school sports activities and other in-person extracurricular school activities to resume. The programs must abide by "the rules described in Executive Order…
The House Education Committee met Wednesday to take up a variety of bills that have been hanging on their agenda since before the pandemic struck Michigan in March, and while at least one dealing with alternative certification may have implications…