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The Potentially Slippery Slope of Student Walkouts

There's no doubt that the Parkland shooting left the nation reeling. Schools across the nation are suffering a spike in threats that have caused numerous school closures. On the more constructive end of the spectrum, schools have also seen an increase in students protests, including, most notably, the national student walkouts. Some faculty and administrators may tolerate – or even applaud – students' efforts to peaceably voice their consternation with the status quo of gun control in the United States. But what happens if you're a school administrator and, first thing tomorrow morning, a group of students – smaller than the group participating in the gun control walkouts – tells you it plans to walkout in favor of gun rights the following week?

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Guidance for Student Walkouts on Friday 4/20

You may have heard that students around the state, and perhaps in your own building, are again planning a walkout this Friday, April 20. As we did earlier this spring, MASSP is providing information on how to address these walkout activities in your school.

While the overall guidance is similar to what we sent out in February, the updated document contains information specific to April 20, along with legal guidance from Thrun Law Firm.

This updated information is the result of group effort between our office and MASA, MAISA, MASB, MEMSPA, MDE, MSBO and the Michigan School Public Relations Association (MSPRA).

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Election Results - Congratulations Board Members!

MASSP is pleased to announce the winners of this year's elections to the Board of Directors. After two weeks of voting by the membership, the polls closed on Friday and winners were notified. This year's class of Board members includes five returning faces and three new ones, as well as a newly created position. Congratulations to all of the elected Board Members!

President-Elect Jennifer Bustard

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House K-12 budget subcommittee met on Tuesday afternoon and reported out their version of the budget which included a counter-proposal to Governor Snyder Marshall Plan for Talent. This is a departure from the Senate version of the K-12 budget which passed out of subcommittee prior to spring recess, but included no action on the Marshall Plan (opting instead to deal with it in a separate bill at a yet-to-be-determined date). Other than the budget, the week was light on education policy action as the Legislature is just returning to Lansing after a two-week spring recess and seems to be spending its energy preparing for the next big wave of policy debates.

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Member Spotlight: Brett Pedersen

We want to share good news about education! MASSP is turning the spotlight on members who are making an impact in their school, district and community. Spotlighted members exemplify the mission of the MASSP: To advance learning through educational leadership.

Brett Pedersen, Assistant Principal, Mill Creek Middle School - Dexter

How long have you worked in education?
14 years

How long have you been an administrator?
7 years