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MASA, MASB Urge ‘No’ Vote on 2014-2015 School Aid Budget


Tuesday, June 10, 2014 (694 reads)

The Michigan Association of School Administrators and Michigan Association of School Boards are encouraging legislators to vote “no” on Senate Bill 775, the 2014-2015 School Aid Budget, which fails to adequately invest in public education.

SB 775 gives even less money to schools than Governor Rick Snyder’s proposal. Nearly 150 schools in the state would receive an increase of only $50 per pupil, which is not enough to prevent teacher layoffs and program cuts. Retirement costs alone for next year are increasing by $60 per student for school districts around the state.

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School Board Members Recognized for Efforts Toward Becoming More Effective Leaders


Thursday, April 03, 2014 (686 reads)

School board members representing 41 counties (see below) from across Michigan earned awards from the Michigan Association of School Boards for efforts to improve their leadership skills and become more effective school leaders. Awards are earned for classes completed in MASB’s leadership training program, as well as for conference attendance, years of service and leadership activities. Participation in leadership training is in addition to the countless hours board members spend at meetings and events, as well as reviewing data and board packets.

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MASB Announces 2013 Michigan’s Best Recipients


Tuesday, September 24, 2013 (1354 reads)

Eight school districts across Michigan are starting the school year off with a celebration of success. The Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) recently announced the recipients of the 2013 Michigan’s Best Award. While schools face many challenges, the Michigan’s Best Award showcases examples of the quality education taking place in Michigan schools each day.

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Conference Offered to Districts In or Near Deficit Status


Friday, September 13, 2013 (1542 reads)

School board presidents, superintendents, business officials and union officials from districts with a current fund balance of five percent or less, as well as representatives from their intermediate school districts, legislators and State Board of Education trustees have been invited to the Lansing Center on Monday, September 16 to address a critical issue facing education—a record number of school districts operating in a budget deficit.

The Fiscal Forethought—Options and Actions for Financially Challenged Districts Conference is a free one-day event for these districts to take part in presentations covering a range of financial topics; hear updates on efforts being made by the participating associations on their behalf; and provide suggestions on ways they feel they can be most effectively assisted.

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Michigan Recognizes Service of Community School Board Members


Monday, January 14, 2013 (1691 reads)

The month of January provides a unique opportunity to acknowledge a special group of volunteer elected officials in education. It is School Board Recognition Month, and it offers communities across Michigan a way to acknowledge the continuing efforts of local and ISD school board members in providing leadership and guidance to local school districts. Across the state, there are more than 4,100 school board members who dedicate countless hours of hard work to improving education for Michigan children.

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Districts Name 2012 Media Honor Roll


Tuesday, June 19, 2012 (1869 reads)

The media are key partners in communicating to our communities and can play a large role in shaping public opinion about our schools. MASB’s Media Honor Roll recognizes media representatives who deserve recognition for fair and balanced reporting about our public schools.

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School Board Members Conquer Challenge to Become More Effective Leaders


Monday, March 26, 2012 (1443 reads)

Hundreds of school board members representing 42 counties (see below) from across Michigan earned awards from the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) for their efforts to improve their leadership skills and become more effective school leaders. Awards are earned for classes completed in MASB’s leadership training program, as well as for conference attendance, years of service and leadership activities. Participation in leadership training is in addition to the countless hours board members spend at meetings, events, reviewing data and board packets.

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Northview Public Schools Board President Appointed to Board of State Association


Monday, March 26, 2012 (1414 reads)

Northview Public Schools President Tim Detwiler was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). Tim will serve as the regional representative for school board members in Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Muskegon, Montcalm, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa counties and will help shape the direction of the Association.

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Rochester Community Schools Board of Education Honored for Excellence in School Governance


Tuesday, September 20, 2011 (1750 reads)

Rochester Community Schools Board of Education has met the rigorous requirements to be named to the distinguished list of the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) Board Visionary Leadership Award winners. By design, it’s extremely difficult for boards to even qualify to apply for the award, let alone actually win. Since the program’s inception in 2004, only 12 districts have earned the honor.

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Hale Area Schools Trustee to Serve on Board of State Association


Friday, September 16, 2011 (2285 reads)

Hale Area Schools Trustee Mark McKulsky was selected to fill a vacancy on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). Mark will serve as the regional representative for school board members in Region 2 (northern lower peninsula) and will help shape the direction of the Association.

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Allendale Public Schools Board of Education Honored for Excellence in School Governance


Thursday, September 15, 2011 (1778 reads)

Allendale Public Schools Board of Education has met the rigorous requirements to be named to the distinguished list of the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) Board Visionary Leadership Award winners. By design, it’s extremely difficult for boards to even qualify to apply for the award, let alone actually win. Since the program’s inception in 2004, only 12 districts have received the honor.

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School Boards Recognize the Important Role of Our State’s Teachers


Tuesday, May 03, 2011 (2489 reads)

This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and across the state and nation teachers are being recognized for the positive contributions they make in our communities and for the important role they play in shaping the future for our youth. The membership and staff of the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) would like to extend our thanks to the teachers of Michigan for making a difference in the lives of children every day.

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MASB Executive Director Featured on Cover of Association IMPACT Magazine


Friday, March 18, 2011 (2754 reads)

MASB Executive Director Kathy Hayes was featured on the cover of the January/February 2011 issue of the Michigan Society of Association Executives’ association IMPACT magazine.

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A Disinvestment in Public Education Will Only Hurt Michigan's Economic Recovery


Friday, March 04, 2011 (2539 reads)

Many of us are still trying to get over the shock of Gov. Snyder’s recent budget proposal and the devastating impact it will have on school districts. We knew there would be sacrifices from all sectors of the state, but we didn’t expect such a disinvestment in public education. Snyder is proposing in his 2011-12 budget a $300 per pupil cut on top of the current $170 cut. Adding to the damage is an expected increase in retirement costs that could equate to an additional $230 per pupil. Add the numbers together and districts could be facing a $700 per pupil reduction.

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Budget Disinvests in Public Education


Thursday, February 17, 2011 (3353 reads)

Gov. Snyder today unveiled his budget recommendation, which custs spending for public schools while at the same time using K-12 money to pay for community colleges and universities.

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School Board Association's Legislative Priorities Focus on Moving Education Forward


Monday, January 24, 2011 (2728 reads)

The Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB), with input from school board members and superintendents statewide, has developed its 2011-12 legislative priorities aimed at creating meaningful reforms to help districts put more resources into the classroom.

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Michigan Honors School Board Members Throughout January


Thursday, January 06, 2011 (2686 reads)

January 2011 is School Board Recognition Month and a way to recognize the invaluable contributions local and ISD school board members make to their schools and communities. While honoring our volunteer elected officials should be a year-round process, the month of January gives us a unique opportunity to thank the more than 4,000 school board members who commit countless hours to improving education in our state.

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Regional Office Will Allow MASB to Better Meet its Members Needs


Thursday, October 28, 2010 (2675 reads)

The Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) officially opened a regional office in the Upper Peninsula to better meet the needs of its members north of the bridge. It’s MASB’s position that member service shouldn’t suffer as a result of the geographic distance between Lansing and the Upper Peninsula.

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Belding Area Schools Board of Education Honored for Excellence in School Governance


Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (2745 reads)

The Belding Area Schools Board of Education has met the rigorous requirements to be named to the distinguished list of the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) Board Visionary Leadership Award winners. By design, it’s extremely difficult for boards to even qualify to apply for the award, let alone actually win.

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Local School Districts, MASB Recognize Fair and Balanced Reporting by Media


Tuesday, August 03, 2010 (2138 reads)

The media are a key partner in communicating to our communities and can play a large role in shaping public opinion about our schools. MASB's Media Honor Roll recognizes media representatives who deserve recognition for fair and balanced reporting about our public schools. Click the link below to view this year's Media Honor Roll recipients.

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School Board Members Honored


Wednesday, March 31, 2010 (3987 reads)

School board members from across Michigan earned awards from the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) for their efforts to improve their leadership skills and become more effective school leaders, demonstrating their commitment to student achievement and their own continuous improvement.

For a list of board members from your county, contact Sarah Ford, 517.327.5907.

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K-12 Budget Doesn't Reflect Investment in Education


Thursday, October 15, 2009 (3450 reads)

Schools are being held hostage to the outrageous antics and games with the school budget. Yesterday the state treasurer sent a memo to Gov. Granholm indicating that the predicted shortfall in the School Aid Fund (SAF) was much larger than expected. According to the memo, Treasury now estimates that the shortfall will be approximately $264 million for fiscal year 2009-10.

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Task Force Created to Help Schools Face State Funding Cuts


Tuesday, October 13, 2009 (3492 reads)

MASA, MASB and MSBO have created a special task force, The SOS Task Force—Save Our Students, Save Our Schools, Save Our State—to help districts weather the storm. The task force, comprised of association staff, school board members, superintendents, business officials and other stakeholders, will work to improve how schools are funded in Michigan, while trying to find ways to reduce costs.

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Michigan School Board Members Outraged at Budget Cuts to Schools


Thursday, September 24, 2009 (3863 reads)

MASB and the school board members we represent, are outraged at the severe cuts to public education. School districts got a rude shove toward the edge of a funding cliff yesterday when the House and Senate Conference Committee on K-12 Appropriations voted for a $218 per pupil reduction in state funding for the current year. House Bill 4447 represents disproportionate cuts in education.

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Lincoln Consolidated Schools Board of Education Honored for Excellence in School Governance


Wednesday, September 16, 2009 (3469 reads)

The Lincoln Consolidated Schools Board of Education has met the rigorous requirements to be named to the distinguished list of the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) Board Visionary Leadership Award winners.

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Business as Usual Isn't Working: Bold Reform Needed


Wednesday, July 22, 2009 (3512 reads)

The Michigan Association of School Boards and Michigan Association of School Administrators stand united to applaud Speaker Andy Dillon for his bold leadership in starting the conversations on the need for reform in the health care system for public sector employees. Moving all public employees, including school employees and legislators, to a statewide health insurance pool will result in savings of at least $900 million per year.

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Short-Term Stimulus Money Doesn't Fix School Problems


Thursday, June 11, 2009 (3673 reads)

Schools across the state are thankful for the federal stimulus dollars from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that will provide much-needed relief for school budgets this year. However, after this year, there’s a painful reality that schools and communities must face.

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School Board Members Express Thanks to Michigan's Teachers


Monday, May 04, 2009 (3646 reads)

Across the state and nation this week teachers are being recognized for their hard work and commitment to educating our youth.

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Conference Addresses Disparities in Urban Education and Provides Scholarships to Michigan Students


Monday, February 23, 2009 (3783 reads)

The Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) will hold its annual urban conference devoted to helping urban school districts close the achievement gap. The Urban Project: Using Data to Close the Achievement Gap, will help under-resourced school districts learn what it takes to achieve the academic performance required by state and national educational standards and mandates.

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Don't Recall School Board Members for Making Decisions in the Best Interest of Kids


Tuesday, February 03, 2009 (3327 reads)

Executive Director Kathy Hayes recently wrote an editorial about school board recalls that was picked up in newspapers across the state. Kathy argued against arbitrary recall campaigns against school board members for making difficult, if not unpopular, decisions in the best interest of kids.

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MASB Names New Executive Director


Monday, November 03, 2008 (4138 reads)

The MASB Board of Directors has named Kathy Hayes as executive director of the association.

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