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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

January's Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference was Thursday and, although the revenue estimates would seem to indicate growth, those numbers don't tell the full story. Increasing costs and tax losses offset increases in revenue—which likely translates into a roughly flat budget for 2016-17—but there are a LOT of uncertainties that could change the story and declining enrollment and cost increases could make the picture darker for many districts.'s picture

Understanding the New MI Science Standards - PD for Administrators

The new Michigan Science Standards are vastly different (and improved) from all prior standards. Transition will require new ways of thinking and teaching to achieve our desired results. To accomplish this, strong administrator leadership is imperative! That's why the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network is hosting a professional development session on the new Michigan Science Standards designed specifically for administrators! Don't miss this upcoming opportunity taking place on January 26, 2016 at the Clinton County RESA.

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#MASSPchat 1/18 - Handling Difficult Parents in an Age of Entitlement

I recently read the book The Overparenting Epidemic: Why Helicopter Parenting Is Bad for Your Kids . . . and Dangerous for You, Too! by Dr. George Glass and David Tabatsky. What I found amazing about the book was how applicable it would be to educators. Even though it was not an "educational" book, it was hitting one of the common issues that all of us face in schools today.

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Revenue Numbers Tell a Partial Story, School Budget Looking Flat for 2016-17

Although Thursday's Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC) numbers show that School Aid Fund revenue is nominally up $350 million for next year, that number does not account for a looming tax loss or a significant increase in MPSERS and other costs. And with the uncertainty caused by outstanding issues like road funding, Flint's water situation, and the Detroit Schools, the budget is looking flat not flush going into 2016-17.

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#MASSPchat 1/11 - What Can We Help You With?

The Topic:
Last #MASSPchat we discussed goals for the new year along with some things that were working well and others that we needed to concentrate a bit more on second semester. There were many great ideas exchanged with chat participants sharing thoughts and offering ideas. Let’s capitalize on our group wisdom again this week and touch a bit more of common pitfalls, offering ideas and solutions that may help each other to move things forward.