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DashBoard, Sept, 2, 2015

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.

Have you ever wondered, “What really happens at the Capitol when my legislator is in session?” Would you like to learn more about how to influence a legislator’s opinion and be a more effective citizen advocate?

Join MASB’s Government Relations team and other Capitol insiders for a behind-the-scenes look and hands-on advocacy training at the State Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Two new staff recently joined the MASB team—Aaron Keel as the Assistant Director for Government Relations and Alexis Mollitor, MBA as the Executive Search and Superintendent Services Manager.

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 Sailors Ride With PRIDE program at Mona Shores High in Mona Shores Public Schools.

Subbmitted by Jim Burgett, General Session Speaker, 2015 MASB Annual Leadership Conference

My name is Jim Burgett. I have a passion about school boards, about their importance and about their effectiveness. I have been involved with education from birth—learning from my parents, family and friends and then from the age of five until the present I have been involved with school systems, all lead by a group of people known as “The Board."

Submitted by Brent Bishop, Manager, UDIM School Foodservice Programs

Did you know that breakfast at school not only provides low income students with much needed fuel and nutrition, it also helps improves concentration, alertness, comprehension and performance on standardized tests? When eaten in the classroom, teachers see fewer tardy days and less disciplinary referrals. By working with schools to meet their individual needs, United Dairy Industry of Michigan supports Grab-n-Go Breakfast, Breakfast in the Classroom, Second Chance Breakfast and a new program, Smoothies


VIP Focus articles are company-sponsored advertisements and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of MASB. It’s intended to provide Very Important Partners with a space to share information of value to you and your district.

DashBoard, Sept. 9, 2015

MASB Executive Director Don Wotruba and President Cindy Gansen presented ideas to the State Board of Education and State Superintendent on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, for developing Michigan into a top 10 performing state in education over the next 10 years.

The majority of schools across America will be implementing four major educational reforms over the next two years. These include the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts, the CCSS for Mathematics, the Next Generation Science Standards and the 21st Century Skills. Implementing these major changes in consecutive years would be a difficult task. However, introducing multiple significant changes simultaneously is unprecedented, as well as an overwhelming assignment for our schools.

The Michigan Council of School Attorneys Fall Conference has traditionally offered pertinent and timely topics for school officials and attorneys who are involved in the legal aspects of education and this year will be no exception. Whether you are a board member, school administrator or an attorney interested in the cutting-edge legal issues that confront school districts, this conference is designed for you!

Have you ever wondered, “What really happens at the Capitol when my legislator is in session?” Would you like to learn more about how to influence a legislator’s opinion and be a more effective citizen advocate?

Join MASB’s Government Relations team and other Capitol insiders for a behind-the-scenes look and hands-on advocacy training at the State Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 24.

As the summer winds to a close we take a look at the issues we expect to see the Legislature address this fall. The House and Senate are scheduled to resume their normal session this week. As the Legislature begins work again, News From the Capitol will also resume its weekly updates, but always feel free to contact us if you have questions.

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 Montrose Digital Media TV at Montrose Hill-McCloy High in Montrose Community Schools.

Most, if not all, school districts in Michigan maintain websites to communicate with their parents, students and communities. Districts are free to post a variety of materials on their websites, but they are also required by state statute to post a great deal of information. A list of major requirements that districts should be aware of as they maintain their websites can be found below in order of most to least common.

DashBoard, Sept. 16, 2015

Remember, it is never too early to start planning ahead for negotiations. Here is a comprehensive negotiations timeline, with questions included, to keep your bargaining team on track as we move through the school year.

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 Peer-to-Peer Technology at Gros Cap School in the Moran Township School District.

The Michigan Council of School Attorneys Fall Conference has traditionally offered pertinent and timely topics for school officials and attorneys who are involved in the legal aspects of education and this year will be no exception. Whether you are a board member, school administrator or an attorney interested in the cutting-edge legal issues that confront school districts, this conference is designed for you!

Have you ever wondered, “What really happens at the Capitol when my legislator is in session?” Would you like to learn more about how to influence a legislator’s opinion and be a more effective citizen advocate?

Join MASB’s Government Relations team and other Capitol insiders for a behind-the-scenes look and hands-on advocacy training at the State Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 24.

DashBoard, Sept. 23, 2015

Have you ever wondered, “What really happens at the Capitol when my legislator is in session?” Would you like to learn more about how to influence a legislator’s opinion and be a more effective citizen advocate?

Join MASB’s Government Relations team and other Capitol insiders for a behind-the-scenes look and hands-on advocacy training at the State Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Legal Counsel for the Michigan Association of School Boards has filed an amicus curiae or “friend of the court” brief in the pending litigation against Ann Arbor Public Schools regarding its decision to ban all firearms on school premises. The plaintiffs in the matter, Michigan Gun Owners, Inc. and Ulysses Wong, argue that Ann Arbor’s decision to institute such a policy is contrary to Michigan law, which they contend allows for the open carry of a firearm on school grounds by any individual who also holds a valid Concealed Pistol License.

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 Internet, Network & Security Technologies program at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center in the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.

Does your board establish a clear vision with high expectations for quality teaching and learning that supports strong student outcomes? Does your board establish clear and specific goals to move your district forward?

In the busyness that accompanies school board governance, it can be all too easy to think of establishing a vision as a low priority. Think again.

DashBoard, Sept. 30, 2015

As we read through school districts’ collective bargaining agreements, there are a number of potential issues we look for. Some issues can be particularly difficult to identify and have the potential to be quite costly and disruptive. One of those potentially difficult issues is district-sponsored legal representation for employees.

The Michigan Council of School Attorneys Fall Conference has traditionally offered pertinent and timely topics for school officials and attorneys who are involved in the legal aspects of education and this year will be no exception. Whether you are a board member, school administrator or an attorney interested in the cutting-edge legal issues that confront school districts, this conference is designed 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 from their applications, presented in alphabetical order by district. This week we highlight the Oxford Academy of Engineering & Technology at Oxford High in the Oxford Community Schools district.

One of MASB's legislative priorities is to create reading intervention programs for early elementary students and to continue support for those students who are not grade-level proficient, but not require retention. Earlier this fall, Rep. Amanda Price (R-Holland) introduced House Bill 4822, which addresses reading proficiency by third grade. However, as drafted, the bill raised several concerns: