Governor Snyder spent a great deal of time during his 2017 State of the State speech talking about Michigan's financial and economic improvements since he took office. While he did not speak at length about education issues and didn't offer any specific new proposals, there were a handful of issues discussed that are of specific interest to secondary principals.
The legislature returned to Lansing this week to officially begin their 2017-2018 legislative session and while there were no votes, both chambers showed us some early indication of their priorities for the coming two years by way of the bills that were introduced first. Noteworthy among those, Senator Pavlov announced he will be introducing a bill to repeal section 1280c of the School Code, the law that governs state takeovers of low performing schools and forces the publication of a top-to-bottom ranking list.
The January 2016 Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC) projects that School Aid Fund revenue for next year's budget will be up approximately $326 million from the current year and future growth looks promising. Additionally, Michigan's long time statewide pupil decline looks to be slowing. But Governor Snyder may be proposing a massive shift in income tax revenue away from the School Aid Fund; the House is already set to debate a complete phase out of the income tax; and economic uncertainty looms at the federal level in the wake of the presidential election.
Mike Hobolth is the Associate Principal at Lapeer Community Schools, Zemmer Campus and has been an MASSP member since 2002
About four years ago, I noticed a national media piece about a partnership between the College Board, the owner/operator of the Advanced Placement Program, and Cambridge University; the partnership was piloting a new AP diploma program, a two-year apprenticeship supporting students in planning, proposing, implementing and publishing an original research project. AP Capstone was gaining attention from many universities across the country.
On December 28, Governor Snyder signed Public Act 233 of 2016 (SB 647), which will embed CPR and AED training as part of Michigan's health content standards for students in grades 7-12. Even though this change will not take affect until the 2017-2018 school year, many Principals are trying to get ahead of the curve and figure out what the new law entails.