In our first installment of the school year, we discussed the steps that administrators should think about before they commence an investigation into student conduct. In this edition, we focus on some tips for conducting student interviews and how best to obtain written student statements.
I’ve taken a number of calls from members with various ACT related questions and learned about new ACT products and updates from John Carroll (ACT Michigan). I’ve compiled the information to share with all of you. This is great stuff! Be sure to share with your counselors and staff.
On Wednesday, MASSP provided testimony before the House Education Committee outlining the Association's priorities regarding teacher evaluation and the Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness (MCEE) final recommendations.
State aid payments to schools should not be impacted by the shutdown, though the ongoing Common Core debacle could cause some delays in processing federal grants. However, if the shutdown drags past the end of October, huge portions of the state's social safety net and some federally funded early childhood programs could be forced to cease operations. School lunch programs could see a hit if the shutdown lasts into November.
The Senate took testimony on Wednesday about the Common Core State Standards as the debate continues to drag on in Lansing about whether the legislature will lift a ban against the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) expending any money on CCSS. Since Michigan school districts are still bound by law to move ahead with CCSS implementation, the practical impact of the ongoing legislative debate is continued uncertainty for educators rather than an actual "pause" in implementation.