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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House and Senate K-12 budget subcommittees started hearings this week on the 2018-19 School Aid Fund budget and it quickly became obvious that—while legislators like the idea of giving schools a significant foundation increase going into a major election cycle—there was little support with either subcommittee chair for the Governor's proposals to reduce cyber school foundation or cap shared time expenditures as a way to fund that increase.

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#MASSPchat - Growing, Attracting and Hiring New Teachers

The Topic:
The pool of available teachers for open positions continues to dwindle. What is your district/school doing to be proactive about growing, attracting and hiring the best teachers for your students? Let's discuss best practices and share strategies.

The Questions:

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#MASSPchat - Restorative Practices

The Topic:
We are over half way through the school year and many schools began the year with new discipline policies aimed at reducing suspension and expulsion rates. Let's check in and share how the new policies are working for staff, students, parents and school boards.

The Questions:

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Wednesday, Governor Snyder rolled out his eighth and final budget recommendation, which contained—among other things—a proposal for the largest single-year foundation increase since 2002: $120-240 per pupil on the 2X formula. Other highlights included three different per pupil increases targeted at special populations: $25 per pupil for high school students (a continuation of a provision the the current budget), $25 per pupil for students enrolled in CTE programs, and an additional $25 per pupil if the CTE program is in a high needs area.

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New MMC FAQ Has Important Updates For Scheduling Season

Scheduling season is here! You may already be underway with scheduling classes for the 2018-19 school year. If not, you are certain to start the process in the coming weeks. This week, we want to highlight some key revisions made to MDE's MMC Frequently Asked Questions. This revised document was originally released in September 2017, so you may have seen it already or you may have simply put it in your pile of things to deal with at scheduling time.