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Webcast: The Election and Education

The latest edition in our ongoing Legislative Update webcast series takes a look at the upcoming November general election. We walk through which offices are up for grabs, talk about what is at stake for educators, review the three ballot initiatives and their implications for the balance of political power in Michigan, and look at what trends from the August primary election might forecast for November.

Click the image below to watch the nine minute webcast (.mp4).

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Court of Appeals Upholds State Funding for Private Schools

The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 decision today that the state may allocate public money to private and parochial schools to cover the "actual costs incurred in complying with state health, safety, and welfare laws." The ruling in Council of Organizations and Others for Education About Parochiaid (CAP) v. Michigan overturns a decision by the Court of Claims, that the Michigan Legislature's allocation of $2.5 million to private and parochial schools to pay the costs of meeting state health and safety requirements was unconstitutional.

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Get Ahead of Changes to EDP Law

Earlier this year, the Michigan's Legislation changed the law governing what must be included in an Education Development Plan (EDP) and how often it needs to be revised is changing effective December 24, 2018. Among the new requirements imposed by SB 684 (now PA 231 of 2018), any 7th grade students who complete their EDP after this date will be required to develop a Talent Portfolio. MDE guidance on these new requirements is not yet complete, so planning ahead is going to be difficult, but there are a few things Principals can do now to get ahead of the changes.

Reviewing The Requirements

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Reflection on MASSP Principal of the Year

E pluribus unum. Out of many, one. It sounds cliche, I understand. Yet, as I reflect on the past few months after being recognized as the MASSP 2018 Principal of the Year and after participating in the NASSP Principals Institute in Washington, D.C., I find this to be a remarkably simple and accurate summary of principals around our state and nation.

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School Climate: Relationships and Social Emotional Learning

A positive school culture begins with relationships. Whether or not our interactions are positive or negative between all stakeholders in our school community starts and end with the leadership at the top. Building administrators have a lot to worry about nowadays and sometimes it feels like one thing after another hits your desk. School safety, test scores, curriculum, social media, and the list could go on and on. This can be overwhelming for rookie and veteran alike. One thing we cannot forget is the heartbeat of your influence begins and ends with how you treat others, how you model the behaviors you expect for the school, and how each experience you have with others shapes the culture you hope to create.