The Michigan Legislature returned to Lansing this week after their summer recess, but only for one day. After voting to pass a Michigan version of Medicaid reform, lawmakers left town in deference to Rosh Hashanah. The real action starts next week when the House and Senate Education Committees will hold a joint meeting on Wednesday, September 11 at 2:00pm to take testimony from Dr. Deborah Ball on the final report of the Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness.
As you welcome students back for the opening of the 2013-14 school year, you will be busy greeting students as they enter the building, visiting classrooms, encouraging students and teachers, responding to schedule change requests, attending events, and meeting with teachers to set professional and student growth goals. An important event in our nations history that can easily sneak up on you as you open school is Patriot Day, September 11. What are you planning to do?
On Tuesday, September 3, nearly 1.5 million students will return to Michigan Public Schools, whether you are ready or not. Each of these students that are in Grades 5-12 will have expanded learning opportunities in the area of online learning. As communicated previously, the School Aid Act (PA 60 of 2013) requires schools to provide any student in Grades 5-12 the opportunity and financial support to take coursework online in order to build upon the mission to provide an “Any Time, Any Place, Any Way, Any Pace” public school learning model.
The House Subcommittee on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) wrapped up its forth and final summer hearing this week. All tolled, the subcommittee took 15 hours of testimony this summer. Subcommittee chair Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw Twp.) told reporters after the hearing that he expects a vote on the CCSS in the next seven to ten days and that he, for one, plans to vote in support of continuing Common Core implementation. Meanwhile the Senate rescheduled their one and only CCSS hearing to this week, so the fight is not over yet.
An intense six-hour hearing by the House Subcommittee on Common Core State Standards (CCSS) was the highlight of political activity in Lansing this week. The subcommittee heard testimony from business leaders, State Board of Education members, anti-CCSS advocates, a host of educators (including two MASSP board members), and a slew of Tea Party activists.