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Thank you. No, thank you.

With all the turmoil involving the collapse of the financial foundations of the Michigan public school system I asked our members, “Advise us, what do you want us to do?” Over three hundred members wrote back. Eight of ten responses contained the phrase, “thanks for asking.” You’re welcome. But, thank you for taking the time to write to let me know what you’re thinking. Your comments were insightful, thoughtful, and very helpful. They will be shared with the Board of Directors.

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Another Great Conference

The Fall MASSP Conference was another great example of MASSP's leadership! Yooper's were represented from one end to the other. Many topics were covered and keynote speakers were picked for current issues that are challenging our profession.

Region I members, please remember to set aside December 2 and 3 for the Regional meeting in Hannahville. More info will be sent soon.

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Common Core State Standards

This is a blog by my good friend Bill Bushaw, Ex. Dir., Phi Delta Kappa International. I agree with his point!

Common Core State Standards

In 1997, Checker Finn, a former assistant secretary of education during the Reagan administration observed that Republicans don't like the word "national," and Democrats don't like the word "test," suggesting that national tests, from a political perspective, were dead on arrival.

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School Aid Budget - Update

Here in Lansing, the focus is on closing in on the budget. If I were a betting man I would bet that nothing is really going to be done and the legislature will adopt a continuation budget until the end of October. But before that there is going to be a lot of rumors, twists, and turns. It is coming more and more clear school districts will experience state funding cuts. The only discussion topic among school leaders is how much and how will it be applied.

September 22, 2009

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At the Table

ADP Network: Holding the Line Panel

The executive director of the Michigan Education Association once told me “if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” He is so correct. The building principal is on the menu regarding federal school improvement policy. Apparently improvement starts with replacing the principal.

It seems impossible to stop this "plan of improvement." But, our voice is being heardin Michigan. We’ve move the principal to being at the table to have a voice in such policies.