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The Michigan House and Senate technically returned to full time session this week and – though neither took attendance or held any floor votes (in fairness, a few committees met) – legislative leadership took the opportunity of being back in town to…
On Thursday, Governor Whitmer detailed the six phases of her MI Safe Start Plan to re-engage Michigan’s economy and relax personal and social restrictions imposed by the pandemic. The governor also announced that Michigan is in phase three under…
When the House and Senate returned to session this week, protesters once again swarmed Michigan's Capitol Building despite Michigan's Stay Home order, many ignoring social distancing requirements, failing to wear masks in public, and generally…
On April 30, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-65, which replaces the previous school closing measure (EO 2020-35) and includes new provisions requiring districts to complete evaluations for teachers who are currently on an IDP and…
It is still too soon to pin down specific numbers, but it is becoming increasingly clear that the state economic impact of combatting and containing the COVID-19 pandemic is going to be steep and will result in a tight (or worse) budget for the 2020…
The Executive Office of the Governor has released long-awaited guidance on Executive Order 2020-35, the EO that cancelled in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Fortunately, the EO provides some clear guidance on a…
On Tuesday, both the State Senate and State House met in an extraordinary fashion (including not just social distancing and wearing improvised face masks, but taking members temperatures, using voice votes, and scheduling attendance and voting times…
Lansing, MI, April 2, 2020—The executive directors of the Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators, the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators, the Michigan Association of School Boards, and the Michigan…
In a radio interview on WWJ on Friday morning, Governor Gretchen Whitmer gave voice to the suspicion that has been building in education circles over the last two weeks when she told listeners that it's "very unlikely" schools will reopen again this…
Earlier this year, MASSP moved our grassroots advocacy to a new platform called Phone2Action. We hadn't planned to start using it yet (we hadn't even had an opportunity to test it), but these are extraordinary times. The good news? MASSP members…
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee voted out the same slate of bills that they initially took up last week, which included the two bills that are of particular interest to secondary principals: SB 171 would make permanent the flexibility…
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee took up a variety of bills, but two bills are of particular interest to secondary principals: SB 171 would make permanent the flexibility students currently have to substitute additional arts or CTE for…