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MASSP Launches Engage Bill Tracker

With a new school year getting underway and an election and lame duck legislative session looming, Principals may find themselves searching for information about specific bills that they have heard about. To that end, MASSP has launched Bill Tracker through our Engage Advocacy Tool. Principals can look up specific legislation either by bill number or descriptive title.

The site includes simple, easily accessible bill information including:

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MDE Announces Changes to Michigan Substitute Permits

This week the Michigan Department of Education released a memo outlining several recent changes to Michigan's substitute permit rules.

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Supreme Court Considering Whether to Consider Non-Public School Funding Issue

Last week, Governor Snyder formally requested that the Michigan Supreme Court issue an advisory opinion as to whether a controversial budget proposal appropriating money to private schools was constitutional. This week, the Supreme Court announced that it would consider the Governor's request and has called for the Governor and legislators to file briefs on the issue.

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Fall PSAT Testing Clarification And M-STEP Final Results

This week's edition of Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability has two items of note for Principals. First, a reminder that, while there is no need for districts to order materials for Spring PSAT testing, any districts that wish to participate in fall PSAT/NMSQT testing need to order materials directly through College Board. Second, MDE announced their timeline this week for the release of final M-STEP results from Spring 2016 testing.

Both articles are reproduced in their entirety below:

Fall and Spring Assessments

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MDE Memo on Upcoming Evaluation Implementation Report

The Michigan Department of Education this week issued a memo to districts to provide them with information on an upcoming reporting deadline related to educator evaluation funding. While districts still have over a year to expend money and complete training, an interim progress report is due to the state by September 30, 2016. The report must briefly detail any expenditures the district has made to date and a summary of the district's future plans.

For more information, the memo is reproduced in its entirety below: