As you continue to implement Michigan's new evaluation law in your district, there are a pair of recent MDE memos that have information pertinent to that work. The two documents provide additional information around the teacher evaluation rating appeals period, which closes on December 1, 2016 and how and where districts should post the statutorily required assurances on their website.
On Thursday, the Senate passed long-awaited legislation (HB 4388) that expands the allowable uses of sinking funds to include school security improvements and technology. This legislation has already passed the House and, because there were no amendments, the bill is now on its way to Governor Snyder for his signature. It is important to note that existing millages, as well as any millages that are approved this November, would be unaffected by these changes.
A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Principals Summit in Detroit. At the Summit, I was fortunate enough to present a session called "Making Time for Instructional Leadership". As one of the biggest issues facing administrators today, we continually see the research and importance of being instructional leaders, but then the reality and demands of the job set in. Let's chat and share ideas for maximizing our time for the purpose of instructional leadership!
This past Tuesday, October 11, the State Board of Education (SBE) heard from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Whiston and Deputy Superintendent Venessa Keesler. The two presented information and answered questions about Michigan's assessment and accountability vision, and the planning taking place as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation.