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Joint Statement From MASB, MASA, MAISA, MASSP Regarding Continuation of Stay Home, Stay Safe Order


Thursday, April 9, 2020 (233 reads)

While we understand that the extension of the Stay Home, Stay Safe order will undoubtedly create hardships for many Michiganders, we agree that the health and safety of residents should remain paramount.

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Joint Statement From MASB, MASA, MAISA, MASSP Regarding Gov. Whitmer’s Order Suspending Face-to-Face Learning for 2019-2020


Thursday, April 2, 2020 (471 reads)

Lansing, MI, April 2, 2020The executive directors of the Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators, the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators, the Michigan Association of School Boards, and the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, today released the following statement regarding Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to suspend in-person instruction in Michigan schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

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Statement From MASA, MASB, MAISA Regarding COVID-19 School Closures and Certainty for Educators, Students and Families


Wednesday, March 25, 2020 (664 reads)

The Executive Directors of the Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators, the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators and the Michigan Association of School Boards, today released the following statement regarding COVID-19 School Closures and Certainty for Educators, Students and Families:

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Statement From MAISA, MASA, MASB, MASSP, MSBO Regarding State Testing Mandate Waiver From the USDOE


Tuesday, March 17, 2020 (242 reads)

Earlier today, State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice and State Board of Education President Dr. Casandra Ulbrich wrote to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to say that federally mandated state testing should be waived this year in favor of focusing on the more immediate needs of children. In response to this communication, the Executive Directors of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators, Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators, Michigan Association of School Boards, Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals and Michigan School Business Officials issued the following statement:

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Education Organizations Blast Inaction on COVID-19 School Support


Tuesday, March 17, 2020 (2281 reads)

MICHIGAN — No action occurred today on a bipartisan solution to keep school employees paid and forgive school districts for the days of education missed due to the ongoing school closures caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The Michigan Education Association, AFT Michigan, Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators and Michigan Association of School Boards issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s adjournment without action on the issue:

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Statement From MAISA, MASA, MASB, MASSP, MSBO Regarding School Closures Across the State


Friday, March 13, 2020 (213 reads)

Last night, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice announced the closure of all K-12 school buildings—public, private and boarding—from Monday, March 16 to Sunday, April 5, 2020, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. This morning, Gov. Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-5 to cancel all events over 250 people and all assemblages in shared spaces of more than 250 people beginning on Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m. and ending on Sunday, April 5 at 5 p.m. In response to these announcements, the Executive Directors of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators, Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators, Michigan Association of School Boards, Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals and Michigan School Business Officials issued the following state

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MASB Statement Regarding New House Proposal to Remove Taxes on Fuel


Thursday, March 5, 2020 (191 reads)

Don Wotruba, CAE, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of School Boards, issued the following statement in response to the introduction of legislation to remove sales and use taxes from gasoline:

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Education Leaders Urge Opposition to Switch Tax Break


Thursday, September 26, 2019 (437 reads)

A group of school leaders from West Michigan and across the state today urged lawmakers to oppose a massive tax break for data center Switch because it would have devastating consequences for local school districts across West Michigan.

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Enough is Enough: Don’t Fix the Roads With Classroom Dollars


Wednesday, August 7, 2019 (514 reads)

Rumors continue to swirl that Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) plans to offer the idea to securitize the state’s pension funds or delay the repayment of debt to find dollars for the state’s roads.

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MASA, MAISA, MASB, MASSP: Students shouldn’t suffer in order to fix Michigan roads


Thursday, June 6, 2019 (616 reads)

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation approved a budget today that would eliminate the sales tax on gasoline over two years, resulting in a cut to schools of more than $700 million. Additionally, the House School Aid Budget removes higher education funding from the School Aid Fund, but doesn’t reattribute those dollars to K-12 education. 

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MASB Welcomes New Team Members, Staff Changes


Tuesday, May 21, 2019 (1125 reads)

The Michigan Association of School Boards is excited to share recent staff additions and changes.

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MASB, MASA, MAISA, MASSP: Education Leaders Respond to Coalition's Educator Survey Results


Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (636 reads)

The much-anticipated results of the Launch Michigan coalition’s educator survey were released today. The coalition is a diverse alliance of education, labor, business and philanthropic organizations committed to establishing a shared agenda to ensure all Michigan students receive a quality education. Leaders of Michigan’s education organizations said these results help further instruct the ongoing efforts in the education community to address Michigan’s educator shortage. They’ve been hearing the concerns first-hand or anecdotally for years. But now quantitative data validates the state of teacher job satisfaction, as well as sets the framework for effective policy change.

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MASB, MASA, MAISA, MASSP: Education Leaders Support Gov. Whitmer's First Budget Proposal


Tuesday, March 5, 2019 (1006 reads)

The Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators, the Michigan Association of School Boards, the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators and the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals applaud Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on a budget proposal that invests in the classroom and recognizes the need for school funding equity.

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MASA, MASB, MAISA: Fixing the roads at the expense of the classroom is wrong for Michigan


Friday, November 16, 2018 (1182 reads)

LANSING—According to multiple news outlets, incoming House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), plans to propose the elimination of the sales tax on gasoline, which will result in a cut to schools of at least $700 million. Education leaders from the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators, the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators and the Michigan Association of School Boards agree that there needs to be a comprehensive infrastructure plan, however, it shouldn’t come in the form of massive cuts to Michigan’s schools. 

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Education Leadership Groups Condemn Narrow Court Decision to Allow Public Funding for Private Schools


Tuesday, October 16, 2018 (2201 reads)

Public education leaders today condemned the decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals that would allow taxpayer dollars to be allocated to private schools.

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MASB Launches Students on Boards Campaign to Emphasize Importance of Student Voice


Thursday, October 11, 2018 (1478 reads)

As part of its current strategic plan goal to have more student-focused individuals running for and serving on boards of education, the Michigan Association of School Boards is aiming to foster understanding of local governance and cultivate the school board members of the future by ensuring that those most impacted are involved—a district’s students.

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Bipartisan Michigan School Safety Reform Plan Introduced in State Senate


Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (1992 reads)

Sheriffs, Police Chiefs, school officials praise new legislation to prevent violence in Michigan schools
 
Lansing, MI—  A coalition comprised of Michigan’s top law enforcement and education groups today praised Republicans and Democrats in the state Senate for the introduction of new legislation aimed at preventing violence in the classroom. The Senate package, led by state Sen. Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage), Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) and Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Flint) is modeled after a proposal announced by the coalition in late March.  Similar bills were introduced in the state House earlier this month

 

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Sheriffs and Educators: Use Surplus Dollars to Ensure Safety of Michigan Students


Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (1800 reads)

Following Revenue Estimating Conference, Law Enforcement Leaders Ask Lawmakers to Prevent Violence in Michigan Schools

Lansing, MI— Following today’s budget announcement and the revelation of an estimated $300 million surplus, a coalition comprised of Michigan’s top law enforcement and education groups urged lawmakers to invest in bipartisan plan to prevent violence in the classroom. The coalition supports a recently introduced legislative package, led by State Rep. Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis), and modeled after a proposal announced in late March.

 

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Michigan School Safety Reform Plan Introduced


Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (1825 reads)

 A coalition comprised of Michigan’s top law enforcement and education groups today praised the introduction of new legislation aimed at preventing violence in the classroom. The legislative package, led by State Rep. Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis), is modeled after a proposal announced by the coalition in late March.

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MASB Executive Director Issues Statement on Passing of Brian Whiston


Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (984 reads)

MASB Executive Director Don Wotruba issued the following statement on the passing of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Whiston:

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MASB Relaunches Campaign to Help Spark Interest in Board Service


Wednesday, May 2, 2018 (1007 reads)

First introduced two years ago, the Michigan Association of School Boards' Get On Board campaign is underway again for the 2018 election. The grassroots effort focuses on encouraging people to give back to their community and to help advocate for and improve student achievement through board service.

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Adequacy Study Provides Clear Direction for Funding Michigan’s Schools


Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (2943 reads)

Michigan is still shortchanging its students—not only in the amount of dollars being provided, but in supplying adequate resources for a quality public education. That’s the main message from the school funding study released today by the School Finance Research Collaborative.

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MASB Unveils New Governance Standards to Help Raise the Bar for Boards of Education, Board Members


Monday, September 18, 2017 (2949 reads)

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Association of School Boards is hoping to bring some civility back to public office through its newly released Board of Education Governance Standards. The standards were developed by school board members for school board members to provide a shared framework for effective school district governance and enhance student achievement. 

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MASB Responds to SRO Move to MDE


Friday, June 30, 2017 (3214 reads)

LANSING, Mich.—It was announced this morning that, at the request of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Whiston, Gov. Rick Snyder is moving the School Reform Office back to the Michigan Department of Education.

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Public Education Leaders, Parent Groups to Sue State and Gov. Snyder to Protect Public Schools


Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (4267 reads)

LANSING, Mich. – Public education leaders and parent groups from across Michigan will today file a lawsuit to prevent the state and Gov. Rick Snyder from funding private schools with public money. The lawsuit stems from a $2.5 million line item in the state budget that reimburses private institutions for state mandates.

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Education Leaders Applaud Increases for K-12; Urge Lawmakers to Protect Dedicated School Funding


Wednesday, February 8, 2017 (3985 reads)

LANSING, Mich. – The leaders of Michigan’s top education organizations that represent school districts’ leaders and decision-makers today applauded Gov. Snyder’s proposed budget that would pump an additional $325 million into K-12 funding and urged policymakers to protect a secure and reliable funding stream for the School Aid Fund.

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MASB Issues Statement on Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education


Tuesday, February 7, 2017 (5724 reads)

LANSING, Mich. – Don Wotruba, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of School Boards, issued the following statement on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the U.S. Secretary of Education:

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Education Group Leaders to Snyder: Invest in Public Education


Monday, February 6, 2017 (3775 reads)

LANSING, Mich. – As Gov. Rick Snyder prepares to deliver his budget on Wednesday, four Michigan education associations that represent leaders and decision makers in Michigan’s 640 school districts and ISDs have a message for him: make a data-informed decision and invest in public education. 

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School Board Members Recognized for Efforts Toward Becoming More Effective Leaders


Thursday, April 3, 2014 (6077 reads)

School board members representing 41 counties (see below) from across Michigan earned awards from the Michigan Association of School Boards for efforts to improve their leadership skills and become more effective school leaders. Awards are earned for classes completed in MASB’s leadership training program, as well as for conference attendance, years of service and leadership activities. Participation in leadership training is in addition to the countless hours board members spend at meetings and events, as well as reviewing data and board packets.

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MASB Announces 2013 Michigan’s Best Recipients


Tuesday, September 24, 2013 (6763 reads)

Eight school districts across Michigan are starting the school year off with a celebration of success. The Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) recently announced the recipients of the 2013 Michigan’s Best Award. While schools face many challenges, the Michigan’s Best Award showcases examples of the quality education taking place in Michigan schools each day.

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Conference Offered to Districts In or Near Deficit Status


Friday, September 13, 2013 (7812 reads)

School board presidents, superintendents, business officials and union officials from districts with a current fund balance of five percent or less, as well as representatives from their intermediate school districts, legislators and State Board of Education trustees have been invited to the Lansing Center on Monday, September 16 to address a critical issue facing education—a record number of school districts operating in a budget deficit.

The Fiscal Forethought—Options and Actions for Financially Challenged Districts Conference is a free one-day event for these districts to take part in presentations covering a range of financial topics; hear updates on efforts being made by the participating associations on their behalf; and provide suggestions on ways they feel they can be most effectively assisted.

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