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DashBoard, June 3, 2015

The MASB Legal Team is fielding more and more questions from board members concerning the issue of district complaints that are informally brought to their attention by parents, teachers or other community members. Perhaps a community member has approached them to discuss how the superintendent allegedly mishandled a discipline situation, or a teacher has initiated a conversation regarding what they believe to be misconduct by a principal.

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 Mandarin Dual Immersion and Spanish K-14 Program offered by Farwell Area Schools.

Earlier this spring, the National School Boards Association announced a new program through its Center for Public Education called “Leading the Change.” It is a research-based initiative of data-driven decisionmaking tools for school boards to help transform chronically low-performing schools into high-quality institutions.

So many issues are flying at you when you’re on a school board. From buses to food vendors to personnel, it can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t always have to be.

DashBoard, June 10, 2015

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 College Immersion for Urban Students program at University High School in Ferndale Public Schools.

On July 1, Brian J. Whiston will take on the position of Michigan’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction from the retiring Mike Flanagan. He has spent the last seven years as Superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools and was recognized by the Michigan Association of School Administrators as the 2014 Superintendent of the Year. As he prepares for his new role, he answered a few questions for MASB:

Last week, the House and Senate approved the state’s General Fund budget, as well as the School Aid Budget. In April, we shared with you the major differences between the House, Senate and Governor’s versions of the budget. Now we can provide final information on what was agreed upon and what to expect for your district. The budget still needs to be signed by the Governor and there may be a few vetoes, but we don’t expect any of these major components will change.

DashBoard, June 17, 2015

Are you looking for a way to be more involved in your Association? Do you want to share your expertise and perspective statewide? Do you want to network and connect with your peers on important discussions that impact education? Serving on one of MASB’s committees may be the right opportunity for you.

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 Engineering Program at Frankenmuth High School in Frankenmuth School District.

I ran for a seat on my local board of education 20 years ago, yet I remember it like it was yesterday. The thrill of campaigning and finding out I had indeed won the seat was an unforgettable experience.

Earlier this month, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued an opinion in the Summer v Southfield Board of Education case, which addressed outstanding questions about the impact of the 2011 legislative changes to teacher evaluation, as well as the layoff and recall of teachers.

DashBoard, June 24, 2015

Last week, the Senate debated and on voted on House Bills 4325-4330, which create an early warning system for schools in possible fiscal distress. MASB supports the creation of an effective and fair early warning system, but we could not support the bills as they were passed by the House.

One of MASB’s most popular publications was recently updated and is now available for purchase. Surviving Your First Year: What New School Board Members Want to Know is a basic handbook for newly elected or appointed board members filled with the answers to questions first-year board members repeatedly ask.

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 Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program at Kent Career Technical Center at Kent ISD.

As another school year ends, and I close out an over 40-year career in public education in Michigan witnessing the last 15 years of education reform efforts, both nationally and here in Michigan, the fact is – the system still is broken.

One of the new Freedom of Information Act requirements that goes into effect on July 1, 2015, is for each district to have a procedures and guidelines manual in place. MASB Legal Counsel Brad Banasik has saved your time by creating a sample file, simply add your district name and other information where noted in red, and be prepared for addressing the new mandates. The required summary and fee itemization form are also included.

Submitted by Dan Keedy, Writer/Editor, Michigan Virtual University

The second annual report on K-12 virtual learning in Michigan continued to show accelerated growth in use, but declines in student performance measures. The report, prepared by Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute™, a division of Michigan Virtual University, at the request of the Michigan Legislature, includes estimates of over 76,000 Michigan public school students participating in virtual learning during the 2013-2014 school year accounting for over 319,000 virtual course enrollments.

DashBoard, July 1, 2015

Are you looking for a way to be more involved in your Association? Do you want to share your expertise and perspective statewide? Do you want to network and connect with your peers on important discussions that impact education? Serving on one of MASB’s committees may be the right opportunity for you.

DashBoard, July, 22, 2015

Are you looking for a way to be more involved in your Association? Do you want to share your expertise and perspective statewide? Do you want to network and connect with your peers on important discussions that impact education? Serving on one of MASB’s committees may be the right opportunity for you.

DashBoard, Aug. 5, 2015

Are you looking for a way to be more involved in your Association? Do you want to share your expertise and perspective statewide? Do you want to network and connect with your peers on important discussions that impact education? Serving on one of MASB’s committees may be the right opportunity for you.

DashBoard, Aug. 19, 2015

Are you looking for a way to be more involved in your Association? Do you want to share your expertise and perspective statewide? Do you want to network and connect with your peers on important discussions that impact education? Serving on one of MASB’s committees may be the right opportunity for you.