The House and Senate reached agreement this week on a 3rd grade reading retention bill, which is now on its way to the Governor. The final bill closely resembles the version that was voted out of the Senate this past spring and retains crucial provisions such as a parent opt-out for allowing students to progress to fourth grade and gives students a variety of ways to demonstrate proficiency so they are not unnecessarily retained.
On Thursday, the House Education Committee passed a nine-bill package of legislation aimed at overhauling Michigan's laws on the use of seclusion and restraint in schools. While the proposed legislation would enact some significant changes, the bills sponsors and their primary champion, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, have worked closely and proactively with the school community and have managed to ally the concerns raised by most school groups, including MASSP.
The Topic: Academic Culture
Creating a culture of success for all of the students in your building is crucial. This week, join me and guest moderator Donna Bougnher, Principal of Grayling High School, to talk about the ways in which we can build and maintain an academic culture that promotes student success.
There is important SAT-related news for Principals in this week's edition of MDE's Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability. Michigan now has it's own dedicated support line and College Board will be producing more-detailed Michigan-specific testing manuals this year. There will also be an additional materials ordering window to accommodate students moving into the district and A LONGER ACCOMMODATED TESTING WINDOW.
The State Board voted this past Wednesday to adopt an LGBTQ guidance document that addresses, among other things, the controversial issue of transgender student bathroom and locker room use. The vote was, unsurprisingly, along party lines and came only after several hours of public comment both for and against. Legislatively, the House Education Committee took more testimony on proposed regulations around the use of seclusion and restraint in schools.