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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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.

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State Board Passes LGBTQ Guidance

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.

The Guidelines

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Weblines Summer Recap

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.

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Principal Salary Survey

MASB LogoPrincipals 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.

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Staying Out of Trouble in an Election Year

The 2016 election is already contentious and promises to become more so as we get closer to November. For Principals, this could lead to some…interesting situations as students and teachers engage in the democratic process. To help guide you through and hopefully keep your election year trouble-free (at least until after the votes are counted), MASSP went to the archives and turned up a couple of pieces from our friends at the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) that we hope Principals will find helpful.