Bob Kefgen's blog
On Thursday, the House Education Committee passed a nine-bill package of legislation aimed at overhauling Michigan's laws on the use of seclusion and restraint in schools. While the proposed legislation would enact some significant changes, the bills sponsors and their primary champion, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, have worked closely and proactively with the school community and have managed to ally the concerns raised by most school groups, including MASSP.
The State Board voted this past Wednesday to adopt an LGBTQ guidance document that addresses, among other things, the controversial issue of transgender student bathroom and locker room use. The vote was, unsurprisingly, along party lines and came only after several hours of public comment both for and against. Legislatively, the House Education Committee took more testimony on proposed regulations around the use of seclusion and restraint in schools.
This past week, the State Board of Education (SBE) voted to adopt non-binding guidance for schools on LGBTQ issues, including transgender student bathroom and locker room use. While the guidance and the vote have drawn extensive public attention, Principals and other school leaders should note that compliance with the guidance is entirely voluntary.
It's ok. You can admit it. It was summer. So you missed a few editions of Weblines. So what? But wait…now your teachers are asking about the evaluation rating appeals window, your counselors seem to know more than you do about what's happening with the 3% retiree health care contributions, and a parent wants to know whether the state's new science standards require dissection.
Principals frequently contact MASSP at contract negotiation time wondering if we collect compensation and contract information for our members. While MASSP does not, one of the many benefits of membership is access to exactly this information through the Michigan Association of School Boards' (MASB) Erin service, an online, searchable database.