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DashBoard, Aug. 2, 2017

With his signature in mid-July, Governor Snyder put to bed the state budget for fiscal year 2018. Eight years removed from the end of the Great Recession and benefitting from an expanding state economy and projected solid revenue growth, this year’s budget process was a pretty typical affair.

Does your instruction really get the most out of your students?

How do you get more Pow! out of your STEM program?

Does your district possess the Courage to Lead?

MASB has crafted the event to get you there and this year’s featured General Session Speakers will answer these questions and more at the Annual Leadership Conference, Nov. 9 – 12, at the Lansing Center.

As we head back to school this fall, MASB would like to remind its members that it is never too early to begin preparing for bargaining season. The fall is the best time to begin the process of compiling data, conducting surveys and having your current contracts professionally reviewed. Below is a checklist of items that should be completed between now and the spring bargaining season. The sooner you get underway, the more relaxed and prepared your bargaining team will be come spring.

The Legislature has passed a few new laws in the last year that will affect school districts. Some have already gone into effect, some will soon. The following is a brief description of what’s new for the upcoming school year.

The MASB Board of Directors has elected officers to lead the Association’s governing body for the 2017-2018 year.

DashBoard, Aug. 16, 2017

With the start of school just around the corner, districts are moving full speed ahead to be ready when students and staff return for the fall. Here are a few items that districts should double-check are on their to-do lists before the school year starts. This is not an exhaustive list, but it includes items that may be either new or easily overlooked.

This past weekend many members made the choice to spend their time on beautiful Mackinac Island, where they attended MASB’s first Summer Leadership Institute, networked with nearly 200 registered attendees and hopefully indulged shamelessly in mouthwatering fudge.

The end of summer is right around the corner, and with that comes the start of school for those on traditional schedules, and the return of the Legislature to their normal session schedule. We know this can be a busy time of year, but it’s important to remain ever vigilant and engaged with what’s happening in Lansing. An easy way to stay engaged and updated is by signing up to be a MASB e-Vocate, if you are not already.

In the wake of the incidents this past weekend in Charlottesville, Va., Gov. Rick Snyder and State Superintendent Brian Whiston issued the following statements:

"History has shown time and again that hate begets hate and violence begets violence. On the other hand, unity and cooperation have shown how much we can accomplish when we respect our neighbors, embrace our differences and focus our energy on how we can all move forward and prosper together. Hate speech and violence are not welcome in Michigan—it’s not representative of who Michiganders truly are or of the future we want to build for our children." —Gov. Snyder

“Our children watch and learn from us all. I’d rather our children learn the love and respect for others that Governor Snyder’s statement calls for, rather than the hate and violence displayed this past weekend.” —State Superintendent Whiston

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Attracting talent is a bit like attracting a new partner. The search and selection process can take a lot of hard work, and, as with any relationship, communication is key.


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DashBoard, Aug. 30, 2017

Students are gradually improving their scores in mathematics and social studies based on the latest Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress results that were released yesterday by the Michigan Department of Education. But there was also disappointment in the English language arts scores, which declined in all except for one of the grades tested.

New laws regarding the emergency use of seclusion and restraint (MCL 380.1307 – 1307h) took effect on Aug. 1 of this year with the intent of restricting the use of seclusion and physical restraint in Michigan schools.

Earlier this month, MASB partnered with the Michigan Association of School Administrators and Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators to send a letter to Michigan's federal congresspersons and senators urging them to support a full, clean extension of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years at current funding levels. The text of the letter, coordinated by Wayne RESA, can be read below:

In the last 10+ years, a new way of communicating has inundated our lives. Social media platforms allow us to create content and interact with each other digitally on a second-to-second basis. So how does this carryover into your role as a board member?