Written and provided by Kevin Sutton, Attorney at Lusk Albertson
An old adage advises that the only certainty in life is change. In the world of school law and student rights, perhaps no topic has experienced more change – and been the source of more debate – over the past twelve months than the issue of LGBTQ student rights.
As you a likely aware, MASSP has been working with MDE and other stakeholders for nearly a year on Michigan's submission for use of federal funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Below is information we would like to share about MASSP's position on the draft ESSA plan and a PDF copy of the public comment we submitted to MDE last Thursday. In addition to submitting public comment, I was fortunate to meet with Superintendent Whiston one-on-one to discuss MASSP's concerns.
The following summarizes the association's major concerns, particularly with the Title I, Part A and Title II, Part A sections of the ESSA plan. To read MASSP's full public comment submission, please click here.
Written by Jenni Thunberg, Assistant Principal at Bay City Central High School and AP Central Representative on the MASSP Board of Directors
I am finishing up my 9th year as an Assistant Principal and the common question that I have been asked in recent years involves the next step. The general thought for many is that you become an Assistant Principal, move up to Principal, and the progression continues with an eventual move to Central Office Administration, possibly being the Superintendent of a school district. However, more and more, I have been asking myself is this truly the right track for me? When does one decide that they are prepared for a move? Does there always need to be a next step?
The public comment period on MDE's proposed Every Student Succeeds Act plan closed this week, but not before MASSP submitted feedback and the State Board of Education adopted a resolution during their meeting this past Tuesday to make a transparency dashboard rather than a letter grade system the default state accountability system if the legislature fails to enact something else. The State Board also made headlines when they adopted a resolution at that same meeting urging the Legislature to allow withholding of state funding from districts with Native American mascots, though the resolution has no impact on districts and legislation on the subject seems unlikely to make it through the legislature.