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Election 2012 in 5 Weeks (or Fewer)

With the 2012 general election approximately five weeks away, MASSP, MASA, MASB, MAISA, and MSBO have joined forces to create a member engagement campaign and website (Stop2and5.com) that will give the education community a more prominent voice going into election day, Tuesday, November 6.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

MASSP has joined forces with MASA, MASB, MAISA and MSBO this week in putting out a joint statement and website (www.stop2and5.com) with information and talking points for members on Proposals 2 & 5.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The MASSP Board of Directors voted this week to oppose Proposals 2 and 5, which will appear on the November ballot, because of potential negative consequences they could have on student achievement. Even though Rosh Hashanah on Tuesday made for a shortened session week, Senate still managed to pass into law a pair of bills that mandates that schools provide an opportunity to say the Pledge of Allegiance each school day.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The legislature is back and they wasted no time in diving right back into school issues. The House promptly passed a pair of bills to require that, beginning in the 2013-14 school year, districts "ensure that an opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States is offered each school day" and that a flag is appropriately displayed in each classroom for this purpose.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

After months of wrangling, the House and Senate finally managed to pass a MPSERS reform compromise bill that locks in the MPSERS rate for districts at 24.46% moving forward and does not include a mandatory move to a defined contribution system for all new employees. Current employees who are affected by the changes will have until October 26 to choose whether to pay an increased rate or accept a lower multiplier for years of service earned after the bill takes effect December 1, 2012.