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DashBoard, Aug. 5, 2015

New Report Calls for More Detail in Fiscal Notes Used by Legislature

Money—it’s the driving force behind so much in our society and schools are nowhere close to being immune. The abundance or lack of it determines if something will or won’t get done. But how that determination is made—in particular, the “evidence” that is referenced by a legislature to make its decision to provide or not provide funding—isn’t always as complete as it could be in Michigan.

 

The Michigan Penal Code was recently amended and these changes will have an impact on school weapons policies. In addition to adding a definition for the term “brandish,” which had not been previously defined in statute, the Legislature has also redefined the term “firearm,” as well as created a classification of weapons known as “pneumatic guns,” which are now considered “weapons” for purposes of the weapon-free school zone laws.

The 20 recipients of the 2015 MASB/SET SEG Foundation Education Excellence Awards are some of the greatest examples of unique and innovative public school programs in the state of Michigan. Over the next few months, MASB will share the details of each program, presented in alphabetical order by district. This week we highlight the Empowering Young Females program at Marquette Alternative High in Marquette Area Public Schools.

It was another cold and dreary winter day as my husband, Pontiac Councilman Randy Carter, and I stood shivering in line in front of the Welcome Center in the nation's Capitol. We were waiting to see our congressional senators. The line was very long, and the security guards were letting 10 people in at a time. To avoid boredom (and catching pneumonia), we started a rather long and lengthy conversation with total strangers and one gentleman inquired as to why we were in line.

DashBoard, Aug. 19, 2015

Expectations—we deal with them in all aspects of our life. At home, in the workplace and even in our volunteer activities. The board table is definitely no exception and they come from all directions—the community, students, teachers, staff, the administration, media, peers and even ourselves.

Last month, the Michigan Court of Appeals shed more light on how it believes school districts and unions ought to respond to the 2011 changes to the prohibited subjects of bargaining within the Public Employee Relations Act. The Court issued a decision in favor of Ionia Public Schools, which had argued that it could not bargain over expired contract language that called for a bid-bump meeting to determine teacher assignments.

Submitted by Jennifer M. Watkins, CPA, Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

What is Governmental Accounting Standards Board 68 and what does it affect as it relates to school districts?

The following are changes and actions required by school districts implementing GASB 68.

Renny R. Ransbottom, a five-year current member of the MASB Board of Directors representing Region 6, passed away on Aug. 6, 2015. He was also a current member of the Otsego Public Schools Board of Education since 2001, serving as president for most of that time, and owned and operated Third Base Grocery in Plainwell for more than 28 years.

The 20 recipients of the 2015 MASB/SET SEG Foundation Education Excellence Awards are some of the greatest examples of unique and innovative public school programs in the state of Michigan. Over the next few months, MASB will share the details of each program from their applications, presented in alphabetical order by district. This week we highlight the Marketing program at H.H. Dow High in Midland Public Schools.