Last Tuesday's election saw the largest turnout for a midterm election in Michigan in over 50 years and marked a significant shift in power in state government, though not a complete change in direction (for a full breakdown see MASSP's post-election screencast). Democrats won all of the statewide top-of-the-ticket races (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General), picked up two key congressional seats, and made significant gains in the State House and State Senate, but Republicans still controls both state legislative chambers, though only by three votes in either chamber.
The latest edition in our ongoing Legislative Update webcast series recaps the results of the November general election. We walk through the outcomes and implications of the 2018 general election including reviewing the results of key races, looking at the political makeup of state government for next year, and hitting the highlights of the three statewide ballot proposals.
Click the image below to watch the six-minute webcast (.mp4).
Building leaders will want to be aware of four memos put out recently by MDE. The first is information about the AP test fee reduction grant. The next memo is about a new resource to support teacher engagement and participation with the teacher evaluation process. The third is in regard to the new School Counselor PD requirements. The final memo outlines resources aimed at helping stakeholders to better understand the state guidelines for selecting the proper state assessment.
You may have seen a number of news articles and opinion pieces written around the state recently asking the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to continue using the M-STEP for the math and English Language Arts portions of the eighth-grade state assessment, instead of the planned administration of the PSAT 8/9 assessment for those subjects.