DashBoard, May 4, 2016

As most of you have probably seen over the last few weeks, health insurance quotes are up this year. In some districts we are hearing of increases as high as 15%.

Last week, the House Education Committee passed House Joint Resolution B, sponsored by Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw Township), which would amend the Michigan Constitution to allow for special education vouchers.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara accepted an agreement between the Secretary of State’s office and local governments and school groups, declaring that the gag order provision in Public Act 269 of 2015 is unenforceable.

Over the years, I have been involved in the recruitment and development of a large number of volunteer leaders—some to school board service, some to other organizations. As a matter of fact, one of my final actions during my 15+ years of board service was to recruit the individual who would ultimately take my place on the Huron Valley Schools Board of Education.

DashBoard, May 11, 2016

As most of our membership is aware, the Legal and Labor Team here at MASB continues to maintain and update our Employer Relations Information Network. Every year, we review as many labor contracts as we can find, from a majority of Michigan school districts, in order to provide ERiN subscribers with the most accurate information regarding salary data and trends as possible.

After a 15-hour marathon session that started last Wednesday, the House passed its version of the Detroit Public Schools legislation early Thursday morning. The main bill, House Bill 5384, was passed by a vote of 57-51 with six Republicans joining with all Democrats in opposition. MASB does not support the House-passed version as it does not address any of the concerns we raised in testimony, and includes many reforms that will not help DPS succeed. Following, we break down some of the details of the House-passed proposal:

Excuses are easy to come by. We use them when we don’t finish our homework, when we don’t exercise enough, when we want to get out of seeing our in-laws. Far too often, excuses limit us from reaching our true potential.

Both the full House and Senate have passed their versions of the budget and a full section-by-section analysis can be found here. The omnibus budget bills, which combine the K-12, community college and university budgets into one, are now likely on track for a conference committee. The following highlights some of the differences between the House-passed version, the Senate-passed version and the Governor’s proposed budget.

DashBoard, May 18, 2016

The Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference met Tuesday to set final revenue estimates for this fiscal year and the next. Legislature leaders will use these numbers when setting budget targets. While a small increase over last fiscal year was still projected, revenues are coming in lower than anticipated at the January conference.

If you’re considering running for your local school board, or if you’re currently serving on the school board and plan to seek reelection, now is the time to start thinking about filing your paperwork for becoming a school board candidate. For the Nov. 8, 2016 election, the filing deadline is July 26, 2016. This means that nominating petitions (or filing fees) and affidavits of identity must be filed no later than 4 p.m. on July 26.

Submitted by Thom Jones, Director of Sales, NaviGate Prepared

For school administrators, ensuring safety has always been a top priority. However, in Michigan, this culture of safety now requires that administrators fulfill additional legislation for safety and training drills, as well as the associated planning, implementation and oversight.

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, May 25, 2016

As part of MASB's Get on Board campaign, Bridge Magazine ran an article last Thursday, May 19, about the realities of board service. Check out the full story by Ted Roelofs at the link below.

We are now about five weeks away from June 30, a common expiration date for teacher contracts across the state. Here are some things that happen if the calendar turns over to July before the board and the union agree on a new contract:

Submitted by Judy Wright, Consulting Partner, Plante Moran

As technology becomes an ever more essential part of daily life, schools are challenged to find ways to embed it into curricula and to look for opportunities to leverage technology that don’t overburden their increasingly constrained budgets. Advances in technology are transforming K-12 classrooms across the nation, changing not only what students learn but how they learn. Here’s a look at the top trends having an impact on how schools are designing and funding their technology initiatives.

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.