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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…
As the 2019-20 school year wraps up, Principals are faced with a new set of considerations in light of the current circumstances. MASSP has fielded a number of questions recently as districts are finishing instruction for the year. So let's take a…
You may know that Michigan schools are facing a funding crisis because of COVID-19, but could you explain why? If you're still trying to wrap your head around Michigan's school finance system and what the current situation will mean for schools, you…
On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee met and unanimously reported out several bills...three of which (SB 873, 875 and 925) would codify elements of the Governor's school closure executive order (EO 2020-65) into the School Code and School Aid…
Two new Executive Orders out this week (EO 2020-110 and EO 2020-115) reopened significant parts of the state's economy and created new opportunities for social gatherings. This has many schools wondering if and when they may be able to hold some…
Over 3,000 people have signed on to urge Michigan's Congressional delegation to support our schools by passing a robust federal aid package for education. If you haven't yet done so, take 30 seconds and do so now.     As you can see from this…
Today, Governor Whitmer's office announced that JoLynn Clark, Principal of Frankenmuth High School, has been appointed to the Governor's Return to School Advisory Council. This group of 25 experts includes educators, parents, and students who will…
Today, Governor Whitmer announced the adoption of Executive Order 2020-110, which replaces the previous Stay Home order. Today's EO marks a shift in focus away in that the previous orders required Michiganders to stay at home except for certain,…
This week, Governor Whitmer shared her budget and policy priorities during her regular Thursday press conference...at the top of her list were funding for classrooms and literacy on the budget side and high-quality childcare and a return to school…
It was a relatively quiet week in Lansing legislatively, but a handful of happenings set the stage for what educators can expect in the coming weeks. On Wednesday, the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee began what promises to be a…
Last week, Governor Whitmer announced the formation of the Return to School Advisory Council.  At the same time, the Michigan Department of Education started appointing educators to serve on their Reopening of School Workgroups. And through it all,…