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Understanding the Recent Changes to Teacher/Admin Certification Rules

As of June 20, new rules on teacher certification and renewal went into effect. These changes impact the requirements for renewing teaching certificates and for progressing from a Provisional Certification to a Professional Certification. Especially because the changes impact the use of District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) for renewing certification, it is important to make sure you understand what has changed as you plan ahead for next year.

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MDE Issues Clarification Memo on Student Assessment for 2014-15

The Michigan Department of Education has issued a memo that offers some clarification as to what the practical impacts will be of language in the 2014-15 School Aid Fund budget requiring the MDE to retiool the MEAP test for another year of use. Please see the memo below.

MEMO #084-14: Clarification on Student Assessment for 2014-15

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Reps. O'Brien, Zemke Receive Presidential Service Award

For those who were able to join us at EdCon this year, you know that MASSP had the chance to recognize the work of two important legislative partners: State Representatives Margaret O'Brien (R-Portage) and Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor). Representatives O'Brien and Zemke received the 2014 MASSP Presidential Service Award for their work on educator evaluation legislation to put in place a nation-leading, research-based educator evaluation system that would include high-quality training for evaluators and supports for struggling educators to help them improve.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

Despite the legislature being on summer break, plenty of politics still happened this past week. Governor Snyder signed the K-12 budget as well as a pair of MMC bills. The signature on the budget did not include any vetoes and thus locks in the new assessment language passed by the legislature as well as funding for educator evaluations and changes to the online learning requirements under section 21f.

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Changes to 21f Online Learning Budget Language

The 2014-15 School Aid Fund budget makes changes to the section 21f online learning language. Among other things, the revised requirement limits the grades in which students can enroll, expressly allows schools to establish enrollment deadlines, and changes the cap on how much schools are responsible to pay.

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