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DashBoard, Oct. 5, 2016

Recently, the Legal Team has been fielding a number of questions regarding the administrator evaluation laws that were put into effect last November. We will address the answers to a handful of the most common questions in a series of FAQs over the next few weeks.

Justin Jennings has spent years motivating and inspiring students to get out of their comfort zone and not accept low expectations in their lives. After a career as a professional athlete he has transformed his life and career, and is now a sought-after life coach with clientele including superintendents of schools and a vice president of the largest shoe manufacturer in the world, just to name a couple.

Legislative Priority Setting Meetings are taking place throughout the state over the next month. These meetings bring together board members, superintendents and MASB’s Government Relations staff to brainstorm on what your Association’s focus should be for the 2017-2018 legislative session.

DashBoard, Oct. 12, 2016

The 2016 Delegate Assembly Handbook, your guide to everything that will happen at this year's meeting, is now available for download.

Access the Handbook here and take time to discuss with your board how you intend to vote on the proposed amendments.

In MASB's continued efforts to be green, hard copies of the handbooks will not be mailed so please download and review the document prior to the meeting on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center during the 2016 MASB Annual Leadership Conference.

Recently, the Legal Team has been fielding a number of questions regarding the administrator evaluation laws that were put into effect last November. We will address the answers to a handful of the most common questions in a series of FAQs.

The 2016 edition of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys Fall Conference includes two preconference sessions (morning and afternoon) for MASB's Annual Leadership Conference that focus on the legal issues currently confronting school officials.

DashBoard, Oct. 19, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education is currently seeking public comment on its proposed regulations regarding supplement not supplant under Title I. These regulations will affect the way local districts, particularly those with a high percentage of low-income students, spend state and local dollars. The idea is that the Title I funding will supplement, not supplant the state and local funding, and districts must demonstrate that they are spending equal amounts of government dollars.

The Michigan Employment Relations Commission recently issued an order clarifying employee voting in the era of Right to Work in Davison Community Schools, MERC Case No. C15 A-004 (Sept. 20, 2016). We know from earlier cases that a union may require someone to be a member of the union in order to participate in a vote to ratify a collective bargaining agreement (see AFSCME Council 25 Local 1583, 28 MPER 33 (2014). What about other types of votes?

DashBoard, Oct. 26, 2016

Over the past few months, more and more Michigan school districts have received inquiries from the Federal Office of Civil Rights indicating that a complaint was filed against the district alleging discrimination based upon disability. In particular, the issue generally involves vision-impaired individuals who are unable to access various portions of the district website; that is, the assistive devices that vision-impaired individuals use to read webpages are unable to interpret certain district webpages, or relevant portions of a webpage, for various reasons.

The MASB Annual Leadership Conference offers more than content-rich Preconference Sessions, General Session speakers, clinic sessions and Board Member Certification (CBA) classes. In addition to the extensive education opportunities and idea sharing, picking up best practices and experiences with peers from around the state, dozens of companies gather in one place to showcase the very best in school products and services. Whether you’re building a new school, adding new technology, or outsourcing transportation or food services now or in the future, this is the place to be.

Last week, the Senate unanimously passed House Bill 4388, which will expand the uses for sinking funds. This has been a legislative priority of MASB’s for many years and we are excited to finally see this policy head to the Governor’s desk for approval.