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Help MASSP Get Educator Eval Bills Passed in September

The legislature is back from their summer recess, but they will only be in town for a few weeks before they leave again for the election. We have a short window to get the educator evaluation bills, HB 5223-24, passed into law and give schools the time and funding they deserve to transition to this new system.

The support is there to get these bills passed into law, but they are currently stuck in the Senate Education Committee with no hearing or vote scheduled.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

We're back! The legislature returns to full legislative session (at least for the next four weeks) starting on Tuesday, but the MDE isn't waiting for them to come back. This week, the Department released long-awaited guidance on the recent changes to the Michigan Merit Curriculum, which will also be the topic of our September 8 #masspchat.

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MDE Releases Updated MMC Guidance

The Michigan Department has released updated guidance documents about the recent changes to the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) passed by the legislature this past June.

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MDE Issues RFP for New Assessment, Extends Contract with ACT for 2015

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has confirmed that they have extended their contract with ACT for another year. This means that the state-provided college entrance and work skills exams that all 11th graders take in the spring will continue to be the ACT and WorkKeys for the 2014-15 school year. The MDE has also put out the legislatively mandated request for proposal for a new statewide assessment system that will be in place for the 2015-16 school year.

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Help Change the Conversation Around Public Education

The Michigan Public Schools (MPSP), an exciting collaboration of public education supporters seeking to change the conversation around and perceptions about Michigan’s public schools, is starting publication of a digital magazine. InspirED Michigan will launch in September 2014 and is taking story submissions from educators across the state that highlight the work that is happening every day in our public schools to positively impact communities and find solutions to problems through education.

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