During the NASSP conference last week I had the opportunity to participate in a 3 hour Ed Camp with secondary school Principals from around the US. One of the sessions I selected was titled , “Rocks or Sucks”. The concept is that a topic is put up and the participants need to move to either the it “rocks” or it “sucks” side of the room- there is no sitting on the fence. We are going to try this format for this week’s #masspchat. You need to pick a side for each topic presented- rocks or sucks and explain your position.
MASSP's second annual Legislative Day was this past Tuesday, February 24 and Principals from around the state once again came to Lansing for a successful day of advocacy on the issues that affect you at the building level. If you couldn't make it to Legislative Day, but would like to use our materials for your local meetings or for talking to your legislators back home, you can find them here. The budget process continued this week with hearings in both the House and Senate.
Why did you go into administration? When you reflect on this question, many of us were fortunate to have the encouragement of a mentor who told us we had "Principal potential." Building administration is a tough gig – we need to help grow the profession by identifying and supporting staff members who have the potential to lead. To this end, MASSP has designed a great one-day, Saturday session to help those interested in Principal positions to prepare for the interview process.
Governor Snyder has presented his budget proposal for the 2015-16 school year. He also presented his plan to close the general fund deficit for the current year. These two proposals are already framing the legislative debate that will continue over the next several months.
Budget season is now in full swing and both the House and Senate K-12 budget subcommittees took testimony from the State Budget Office on the specifics of the Governor's proposal. Among the more interesting highlights from the presentation (and subsequent media follow-up) were that: