We want to share good news about education! MASSP is turning the spotlight on members who are making an impact in their school, district and community. Spotlighted members exemplify the mission of the MASSP: To advance learning through educational leadership.
Bart Wegenke, Principal, Haslett High School
How long have you worked in education?
How long have you been an administrator?
The House Workforce Committee took testimony but no votes this week on a pair of education bills: SB 344 would create an optional state-recognized STEM diploma endorsement that school districts could give students at their discretion and HB 5907 would require districts to inform students about college-credit-by-testing options like AP, IB, and CLEP, which is not a new requirement, but would add some additional specificity to an existing state law.
The State Treasurer and directors of the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies met Wednesday to come to consensus on the revenue estimates that will be used to finalize state budgets for next year. The short story: better than expected income tax revenue means more money in both the State's general fund and School Aid Fund for both the current year and next year. Hopefully the increased projections in both funding sources mean the Legislature is less likely to increase their raid on the School Aid Fund to pay for general fund projects…but no guarantees.
Here is a breakdown by the numbers and then some context of how this is likely to play out as the Legislature and Governor's office work to finalize budgets for the 2018-19 school year.
By the Numbers
Overview of Restructure
Education-Related Professional Development Credit for School Safety Training