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MASB Executive Director Don Wotruba issued the following statement on the passage of Detroit Public Schools legislation:

Thursday, June 09, 2016 (614 reads)

Late last night, the Michigan House and Senate passed legislation to reform Detroit Public Schools and appropriate funds to pay off the looming debt over the next 10 years.

While getting DPS out from under the debt and putting that money back into the classroom is  important, we are disappointed that the “solution” that was created was passed without input from the legislators representing Detroit, the citizens, or other community and educational groups invested in the future of Detroit and its children.


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MASB Denied Opportunity to Testify on Special Education Vouchers

Thursday, April 28, 2016 (3295 reads)

LANSING, Mich. – Today, the House Education Committee voted along party lines to move House Joint Resolution B to the full House of Representatives. The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw Township), would amend the Michigan Constitution to allow for special education vouchers. The vote came after Committee Chair Amanda Price (R-Park Township), refused to allow Michigan Association of School Boards Executive Director Don Wotruba the opportunity to testify in opposition citing “time constraints,” and then adjourned committee 15 minutes early. Mr. Wotruba was the only person requesting to testify.


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MASB Launches New Campaign to Help Spark Interest in Board Service

Monday, April 25, 2016 (214 reads)

The Michigan Association of School Boards has launched the Get On Board campaign to increase interest in serving on a board of education. The campaign will focus on encouraging people to give back to the community and to help advocate for and improve student achievement. 

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Wotruba: DPS Needs Swift Solution That Will Work Long-Term

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (531 reads)

MASB Executive Director Don Wotruba issued the following statement on Detroit Public Schools and Senate Bills 710 and 711 that were introduced last week:

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Michigan Association of School Boards Files Brief in Support of Ann Arbor Public Schools in Open Carry Matter

Thursday, September 17, 2015 (740 reads)

The Michigan Association of School Boards has filed an amicus curiae brief in the court case involving the open carry of guns in Ann Arbor’s schools. An amicus curiae brief is, essentially, a brief that the judge may accept and consider while deliberating. In it, MASB’s legal counsel argues that there are several laws in place that clearly ban guns in schools, and the fact that a “loophole” potentially exists that allows CPL holders to openly carry a gun into a school is something that individual districts should be able to address on their own.

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Smith Takes Over Government Relations, Wotruba to Transition to Executive Director This Summer

Tuesday, June 09, 2015 (1667 reads)

The Michigan Association of School Boards is transitioning staff into new leadership roles as Executive Director Kathy Hayes prepares for retirement. 

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MASB to Sen. Shirkey: Don’t Ignore Data When it Comes to School Funding

Thursday, May 14, 2015 (1200 reads)

The Michigan Association of School Boards issued the following statement in regard to Sen. Mike Shirkey’s (R-Clarklake) bill (Senate Bill 319) to repeal the bipartisan solution to conduct an adequacy study for school funding:

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Twenty Districts Honored During 21st Annual Education Excellence Awards

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 (1091 reads)

Literacy and learning activities that encompass curricular ties and service projects, a cutting-edge cybersecurity class and an early morning exercise program were just a handful of the innovative programs honored at the 21st Annual Education Excellence Awards Ceremony and Luncheon yesterday at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing.

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School Board Members Recognized for Efforts Toward Becoming More Effective Leaders

Thursday, April 23, 2015 (1042 reads)

More than 160 school board members and 24 boards representing 40 counties earned certification awards from the Michigan Association of School Boards for efforts to improve their leadership skills and become more effective school leaders. 

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MASB Executive Director Kathy Hayes Issues Statement in Support of Gov. Snyder’s Education Initiatives

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (1275 reads)

Michigan Association of School Boards Executive Director Kathy Hayes released a statement in support of Gov. Snyder’s public education initiatives discussed last night during his State of the State address.

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MASB, MASA, MAISA to Legislature: Don’t Cut Schools to Pay for Roads

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 (7898 reads)

New Proposal Would Eliminate $725 Million Annually From the School Aid Fund

According to multiple news reports, Republicans in the State House are seeking to eliminate sales tax from fuel in order to offset an increase to the gas tax—costing the School Aid Fund $725 million annually.

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

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 (2311 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 (2165 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 (2881 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 (3323 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 (4034 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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