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Where Does Educator Evaluation Policy Stand?

The Michigan Legislature is out until at least mid-November and they have yet to pass new educator evaluation legislation (HB 5223-24). Where does this leave schools? MASSP has put together a one-page summary on where educator evaluation policy stands as of the beginning of October 2014. We break down the policy AND FUNDING situation as well as provide a timeline for implementation over the next two years, so districts can plan ahead as much as possible and avoid getting caught up short when HB 5223-24 pass in November or December.

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Correction on DPPD and Admin Cert Renewal

On September 24 MASSP tweeted from an MDE hosted review session on educator certification rules and then later reported in an article that, while school administrators could not use district provided professional development (DPPD) to renew their administrator certificate, they could use DPPD to renew a Professional Education (teaching) certificate—if they had one—and then use that teaching certificate to renew their administrator certificate.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The legislature has wrapped up session until after the November election without causing much of a stir. The Governor has signed into law the fix to the Michigan Merit Curriculum world language problem caused by the legislation passed in June (it is Public Act 293 of 2014 for those of you keeping track).

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House Education Committee took up legislation this week that would have mandated at least six hours of genocide education per year for all students in grades 8-12. MASSP spoke up in opposition to this bill (which was not voted out of committee) and there have been positive changes with hopefully more to come since genocide education is already imbedded in Michigan social studies HSCEs.

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MDE Holds Review of Teacher/Admin Cert Requirements/Rules

UPDATE: On September 24 MASSP tweeted from an MDE hosted review session on educator certification rules and then later reported in an article that, while school administrators could not use district provided professional development (DPPD) to renew their administrator certificate, they could use DPPD to renew a Professional Education (teaching) certificate—if they had one—and then use that teaching certificate to renew their administrator certificate.

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