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The Basics of Michigan's New Restraint and Seclusion Law

The 2016 lame duck legislative session saw the passage of a significant package of bills aimed at overhauling Michigan's laws regarding the use of restraint and seclusion in schools. The changes DO NOT TAKE EFFECT UNTIL 2017-18, but it's important that Principals and other school officials familiarize themselves with some of the basic provisions of the new law in order to start planning mandated training and how best to implement changes where necessary.

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2017 State of the State Light on Education Topics

Governor Snyder spent a great deal of time during his 2017 State of the State speech talking about Michigan's financial and economic improvements since he took office. While he did not speak at length about education issues and didn't offer any specific new proposals, there were a handful of issues discussed that are of specific interest to secondary principals.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The legislature returned to Lansing this week to officially begin their 2017-2018 legislative session and while there were no votes, both chambers showed us some early indication of their priorities for the coming two years by way of the bills that were introduced first. Noteworthy among those, Senator Pavlov announced he will be introducing a bill to repeal section 1280c of the School Code, the law that governs state takeovers of low performing schools and forces the publication of a top-to-bottom ranking list.

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Revenue Estimates Up, But Uncertainty Looms

The January 2016 Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC) projects that School Aid Fund revenue for next year's budget will be up approximately $326 million from the current year and future growth looks promising. Additionally, Michigan's long time statewide pupil decline looks to be slowing. But Governor Snyder may be proposing a massive shift in income tax revenue away from the School Aid Fund; the House is already set to debate a complete phase out of the income tax; and economic uncertainty looms at the federal level in the wake of the presidential election.

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AP Capstone: What If We Taught High School Students How to Do Real Research?

Mike Hobolth is the Associate Principal at Lapeer Community Schools, Zemmer Campus and has been an MASSP member since 2002

About four years ago, I noticed a national media piece about a partnership between the College Board, the owner/operator of the Advanced Placement Program, and Cambridge University; the partnership was piloting a new AP diploma program, a two-year apprenticeship supporting students in planning, proposing, implementing and publishing an original research project. AP Capstone was gaining attention from many universities across the country.