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The Latest and Greatest on Your 3%

The trial court has weighed in, the state has distributed funds, and the Office of Retirement Services is feverishly sending out notifications to MPSERS members and updating their FAQ. So when are you getting your money, how much are you going to get, and is there anything you can or should do at this point in the process?

Let's review what we know…

Where Is the Money?

On January 22, the Court of Claims issued an order to ORS to return employee 3% contributions (with interest) to school districts. The ORS sent the money out the same day. Districts must now process these refunds, including handling tax withholdings and reporting.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Tuesday, Governor Snyder delivered his eighth and final State of the State address, setting the stage for the upcoming negotiations on the 2018-19 budget. For Principals, the most striking highlight of Tuesday's speech was an announcement that the Governor's budget recommendation is going to propose the largest foundation allowance increase in over fifteen years. Governor Snyder also talked a lot about skilled trades and CTE and the need to invest in those areas (but with very few details) and urged the Legislature to be cautious when proposing tax cuts (both chambers are currently looking at some version of tax cuts as we head into election season).

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Senate Education Committee took testimony Tuesday on SB 727, a bill to eliminate the Basic Skills Test (currently the SAT) for teachers going through alternative certification programs…the argument being that the things being assessed may not be relevant for people transitioning to teaching mid-career (i.e. does a former translator who wants to teach Spanish really need to get a a qualifying score on the math potion of the SAT?).

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Think Ahead About MDE's Parent Dashboard

Last week, the Michigan Department of Education Released their new Parent Dashboard, a new online data portal that is replacing the old color-coded school report card and other previous school accountability systems. The new dashboard eschews letter grades for schools in favor of simplified analytics—like student growth and proficiency—that are compared against both the statewide average and other schools with similar demographics.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Tuesday, the Michigan Department of Education went live with their Parent Dashboard, the new online data portal that is replacing the old color-coded school report card and other previous school accountability systems. The Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference was held Thursday to come to agreement on how much money the Governor and legislature will be able to plan on when setting their budget recommendations for the 2018-19 fiscal year.