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DashBoard, April 5, 2017

In the current fiscal year, the Legislature has allocated $1.5 million for an online algebra tool contract that was awarded to Algebra Nation with the intent of raising poor high school student math scores.

The Michigan Department of Education has finalized its state plan for a more whole-child, well-rounded education for Michigan children and will submit it to the U.S. Department of Education after a review by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The federal government is ramping up efforts to locate, detain and deport illegal immigrants. As a result, school districts need to be prepared for the possibility that various agencies, including local police, may request assistance and cooperation with such efforts.

DashBoard, April 12, 2017

A student was just 16 when she left her home in Vietnam to spend a year in the United States, as part of a sponsored exchange program. She found herself in northern Michigan, living with a host family in Mancelona, where she was also to attend school.

Yes, board of education members are subject to a statute (PA 317 of 1968, M.C.L. 15.321 et seq) that regulates the conduct of public officials and employees with respect to contracts with public entities. Subsection (1) of M.C.L. 15.322 explicitly prohibits a public official or employee from being a party, directly or indirectly, to any contract between himself or herself and a public entity that he or she is an officer or employee. Additionally, Subsection (2) of M.C.L. 15.322 sets forth four scenarios that specifically limit a public official or employee’s ability to solicit a contract for a public entity that he or she is serving. If any one of the four situations applies, the public official or employee cannot represent either party in the contractual transaction, and cannot take part in negotiating or approving the contract in question.

Submitted by Travis Van Tighem, Senior Property/Casualty & Workers' Compensation Sales & Development Specialist, SET SEG School Insurance Specialists

The only thing constant about technology is that it’s always changing. Our world has evolved to work and communicate virtually everything online or through a cloud platform. Storing such large amounts of data online creates a constant threat for confidential information to get into the wrong hands.


VIP Focus articles are company-sponsored advertisements and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of MASB. It’s intended to provide Very Important Partners with a space to share information of value to you and your district.

DashBoard, April 19, 2017

“Leadership matters. . .and it matters more in times of uncertainty than in times of stability.” Don’t those words seem important as we think about our school districts today? The quote is from university professors Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, whose 30 years of research about skillful leadership provides thought-provoking wisdom. As school board members strive to perform at their highest level of productivity and skill, we can learn a lot from what’s being written about what exemplary leaders do!

As a school board member, I believe my responsibilities include having an awareness of what's happening in Lansing and in Washington, D.C. Communicating with our legislators about issues that are important to education can have a positive impact on schools and all students. Our collective voices have been shown to affect change when some of the proposed bills that may have had a negative impact on our ability to educate students didn’t pass.

As you may know, MASB is currently involved in three major legal actions. Following is some recent news on these cases:

As Michigan school board members are forced to do more with less, many of you are looking for reliable options to cut operating costs to direct more resources into educational programming.


VIP Focus articles are company-sponsored advertisements and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of MASB. It’s intended to provide Very Important Partners with a space to share information of value to you and your district.

DashBoard, April 26, 2017

As we’re fully into spring and more districts are looking at employee evaluations, requests for bids and the like, the MASB Legal Team is fielding a number of questions regarding when it is proper to go into closed session to discuss certain matters.

From MDE, Partnership Agreements to set a new course for the state’s lowest-performing schools are being signed this week by local school districts, the State Superintendent, the state School Reform Officer and local partners, announced yesterday by the Michigan Department of Education.

On Tuesday, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved their versions of School Aid Budget. No drastic changes were made in either committee.