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New Website Icon Required for Budget Transparency Reporting

Budget Transparency guidance has been updated for the 2017-18 year and takes effect on Dec. 1. While there were no legislative changes made to the Budget Transparency requirements, MDE has created a new Budget Transparency icon that schools and districts must use.

According to MDE, the new icon is available in multiple versions to better fit a website's design requirements and allow for improved accessibility. It's important to note that when using the version without text, the text "Budget & Salary/Compensation Transparency Reporting" must accompany the icon using means suitable for the website platform and current technical standards.'s picture

Celebrating the Principalship

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

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Score Week for Counselor Registration and Activities Are Open

Written by Ted Gardella, Executive Director, Midwest Regional Office, The College Board | Ted can be reached at

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Apply for an Education Excellence Award for a Chance to Win $2,500!

Does your school or district have a program that changes lives and impacts students’ futures? Share the good news and win a prize for your school community.

The SET SEG Foundation, partnering with the Michigan Association of School Boards, is celebrating its 25th year of the Education Excellence Awards. This year, prizes worth $2,500 each will be awarded to 10 educational programs within Michigan public schools and/or ISDs to continue their positive influence on their students and community. Whether it’s encouraged academic achievement, community involvement, critical thinking, social responsibility or leadership, your program deserves to be recognized.

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Dr. Swift of Ann Arbor Schools Earns 2018 Superintendent of the Year Award

The Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) recently announced that Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift has earned the award of 2018 Michigan Superintendent of the Year.

"Dr. Swift has been a positive advocate for the Ann Arbor Public Schools, as well as for public education, and I am proud to announce that she has earned the honor of being named Michigan Superintendent of the Year," said Chris Wigent, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators. "She has demonstrated exceptional leadership for her district, adding quality programs, increasing achievement levels for all students, and engaging with staff and parents as well as with local businesses and community organizations in support of all children."