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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

Governor Rick Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) and House Speaker Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt) have reportedly reached a tentative agreement on restructuring the MPSERS system. While rumors are rampant (many of them contradictory) about the shape of the agreement, no solid details are available, though it seems clear that any agreement is limited to new school employees who are hired after this proposed compromise takes effect.

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AP/IB Test Fee Reimbursement for Low-Income Students

Last week, MDE issued a Memo regarding important information about the Advanced Placement (AP) test fee reduction grant for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 and the process schools must follow in order to receive reimbursement. The memo can be found here or reprinted in its entirety below.

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Important Opportunity for the Field to Give Feedback

The College Board is working to continue to improve the implementation for all schools. More specifically, they want to hear your feedback about this spring’s PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and SAT administration. Please take a moment and consider responding to this survey and sharing your feedback by June 16, 2017.

Additionally, please note that the College Board will be joining us at EdCon at the end of this month. If you have specific needs or questions, that's a great time to speak with Ted Gardella and his team.

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West, Fee and Buhro Awarded MASSP Scholarships

Three graduating seniors were chosen to receive this year's MASSP Board of Directors scholarship, which entitles each student to a $2,500 award toward tuition in Fall 2017. The winners - Ana West from Spring Lake, Mackenzie Fee from East Grand Rapids and Zachary Buhro from Belleville - are children of MASSP members who displayed exemplary academic achievement, participation in extra curricular activities and the completion of school and community service.'s picture

Mindfulness and the Building Administrator

Written by Rick Frens, Principal, Hamilton Middle School and Middle Level West Representative for the MASSP Board of Directors

Student mental health has become a big issue in our schools and a legislative priority for MASSP. We are short on resources, and we have many students with serious needs. It’s one of our biggest hurdles lately in education and long term sustainable solutions are hard to come by. While many of us wrestle with how to take care of our kids, we also need to ensure we are caring for ourselves.