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Substitute Teacher Shortage – Now a Teacher Shortage?

Written by Jim French, Principal at Portage Northern High School and President of the MASSP Board of Directors

MASSP has worked this past spring to prioritize policy initiatives for our work in the 2017-18 school year. I want to highlight one area in particular and how it impacts our work as building principals.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The budget is a wrap; a MPSERS bill is wending its way to Governor Snyder’s desk; and the state legislature has gone home for the summer. It would be a stretch to say that the final week of legislative session was drama-free, but compared to the frantic pace of the previous week and the contentious atmosphere that came with a MPSERS overhaul, this past week was practically mellow.

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Budget Finalized, High School Per Pupil Increase Resurfaces

The 2017-18 School Aid Budget is in the books and on its way to Governor Snyder for his signature. The major highlights of this year’s budget include a $25 per pupil payment for high school students, a foundation allowance increase of $60-120 per pupil (distributed using the 2X formula), and a significant increase and expansion of At Risk funding. The funding for high school students was absent in an earlier version of the budget negotiated between the House and Senate without the direct involvement of the Governor's office, but was added back in the final agreement.

The Highlights

Here is a rundown of the budget highlights of most interest to secondary Principals:

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Apprenticeships - The Forgotten Post Secondary Opportunity

Written by Mark Pogliano, Principal, Jackson Area Career Center and the CTE Representative on the MASSP Board of Directors

The practice of apprenticeship is not a new concept in education, but is experiencing a renewed popularity as another pathway for students in their careers. With the aging workforce and availability of skilled trade occupations, there is a greater need to develop a talent pipeline in the state that would benefit from the registered apprenticeship process.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Tuesday afternoon, Governor Snyder and legislative leadership announced that they had reached a conceptual agreement on both a bill to make further changes to the MPSERS system and a plan for spending the $495 million that the legislature set aside to pay for MPSERS reform. Forty-eight hours later, an identical pair of MPSERS bills (HB 4647 and SB 401) had passed both the House and Senate on very close votes (in the House especially, the final tally was 55-52, with supporters garnering the bare minimum of votes necessary to pass the legislation).