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DashBoard, June 7, 2017

MCL 380.1136 was recently added to the Revised School Code by Public Act 367 of 2016 to address the issue of protecting the privacy of student records. This new law includes multiple requirements that went into effect on March 22. This article will focus on the law’s provisions that create new mandates for school districts relating to the disclosure of directory information.

Extraordinary teaching and learning occurs daily in our nation’s public schools, but you wouldn’t know it based on a chorus of detractors who misunderstand what happens in today’s classrooms, or worse, are engaged in a deliberate effort to undermine public education. We can’t let the future of our public schools be determined by people who want to weaken or pivot away from public education.

On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Finance approved Senate Bill 384, which would expand the use of sinking funds to include the purchase of buses. MASB fully supports this bill as allowing sinking funds to be used for buses has been a legislative priority for many years.

DashBoard, June 14, 2017

Two Michigan students topped their grade-level competitions in the national 2017 Letters About Literature program. Claire Juip from Grosse Pointe won for Level 1 (grades 4-6) and Maria Cheriyan from Farmington Hills was the top winner in Level 2 (grades 7-8).

The budget approved last week by the School Aid Conference Committee includes a $495 million MPSERS Reform Reserve Fund made up of $200 million in General Funds and $295 million in School Aid Funds. This is set aside to address the first year of costs of closing the hybrid system under Senate Bill 401 and House Bill 4647.

MCL 380.1136 was recently added to the Revised School Code by Public Act 367 of 2016 to address the issue of protecting the privacy of student records. This new law includes multiple requirements that went into effect on March 22. This article will focus on the law’s provisions that include student recordkeeping requirements and disclosure restrictions that are in addition to what is included in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

DashBoard, June 21, 2017

Last week, the full House and Senate passed reforms that will overhaul the MPSERS system by creating an entirely new 401k-style and hybrid plan. In the House, House Bill 4647 passed 55-52, the minimum number needed to pass legislation through the chamber.

On June 6, 2017, the Office of Civil Rights sent its Regional Directors a memorandum that provided new direction with respect to evaluating and investigating transgender student complaints. Specifically, Directors were informed that the prior May 13, 2016 "Dear Colleague" letter, which was viewed by many as being very progressive as it related to transgender rights under Title IX, was to no longer be relied upon.

There are a number of proposed changes to the federal education budget for 2018-2019. One that is raising concerns is the proposed elimination of funds that provide professional development for teachers and administrators, and are also used to reduce class size, set up evaluation systems and more.

 

Andrew Carnegie once noted, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” These are true statements for most of what we face in our lives, and are definitely true when it comes to school board service.

The Conference Committee on the Education Omnibus Budget (which includes the School Aid, Community Colleges and Universities budgets) approved its final budget proposal in HB 4313 on Tuesday by a vote of 4-0 with the two Democrats not voting. It was then passed by the full House later that afternoon by a vote of 72-35. The Senate is expected to vote on Thursday. No changes can be made to the conference report on the House and Senate floors, it is a straight yes or no vote.

Submitted By Kristin Flynn, Executive Director of Student Learning Services, Michigan Virtual University

This fall, St. Clair County students will have easier access to an expanded range of online courses through a cooperative effort called LearnON among the county’s seven public school districts, St. Clair County RESA and MVU’s Michigan Virtual School.


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DashBoard, June 28, 2017

Here are some financial impacts that occur if a district does not have a new contract with a bargaining group before the previous contract expires:

“No backup funds” was the recurring response when superintendents around Michigan were asked how the proposed elimination of federal Title II-A funding would impact their district. Many rely entirely on these funds to provide professional development for teachers and administrators that, in turn, positively impacts student achievement.

On Feb. 24, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” which called on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the rest of his Cabinet to review all regulations and guidance in each departments. The purpose was to determine those that are either burdensome, expensive or inhibit job creation.