Michigan's new education evaluation law requires building administrators be evaluated annually based on a combination of factors including student growth and professional practice as measured by their district's administrator evaluation tool. While these two components are well known, the law also states that a portion of an administrators evaluation also be based on perception data.
Budget season doesn't officially begin until the Governor presents his executive budget recommendation (which won't happen this year until the second week of February), but that hasn't stopped the House K-12 budget subcommittee from holding hearings. This week's discussion focused on Michigan's declining pupil count, which has dropped by 10,000-30,000 students per year since 2003 and is projected to decline by another 10,000 net pupils per year for at least the next two years.
The House Education Committee took up a pair of issues this week that could impact Principals. MASSP testified in opposition to legislation that deals with student privacy and which, as currently written, would create significant reporting burdens for schools. The committee also took additional testimony on a package of bills that would establish some basic standards for district provided professional development.
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