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Race To The Top Money Set Aside

Nearly $500,000 in General Fund money is set aside to pay for a new Department of Education (MDE) team charged with overseeing the new Race to the Top programs, under legislation that moved out of the Senate Appropriations Committee today.

HB 5394, sponsored by Rep. Shanelle JACKSON (D-Detroit), will give the MDE enough money to hire 13 full-time employees. The Senate Fiscal Agency analyst Kathryn SUMMERS told lawmakers that expected lapsed money in the current Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 budget should be enough to cover the $492,800 in costs.

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School District Puts Chips On New Scholarship

American Indian-run casinos can give directly to a local school district's scholarship fund under legislation that unanimously moved out of the Senate Appropriations Committee today.

Track this Bill SB 1097, sponsored by Sen. Ron JELINEK (R-Three Oaks), came at the request of the New Buffalo School District, which hoped to replace the now-extent state-sponsored Promise Scholarship Grant with their own scholarship program funded by an allotment given to the schools by the new Four Winds casino.

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Rep. Brown Concerned About Quick K-12

Rep. Terry BROWN (D-Pigeon) said he doesn't want to do it, but as the chair of the House K-12 Appropriations Subcommittee, he's leaning toward quickly adopting a School Aid Fund budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 that cuts schools an extra $255-per pupil.

With revenue estimates projecting the School Aid Fund being down around $425 million and not enough federal stimulus money to plug the hole, Brown said he needs to be realistic about the fate schools will ultimately face since the Republican-led Senate is showing no willingness to raise revenues this year.

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Don't Let Your Secretary Suffer from Budget Blues

MASSP is now accepting nominations for the
2010 MASSP Horace Mann Secretary of the Year.

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Linking Middle School Student Scores to Teachers Equals Better Academic Performance

From Education Week

Best Practices in the Middle Grades Identified

By Mary Ann Zehr

Using students’ test scores as one part of evaluations for teachers, principals, and superintendents is associated with better academic performance at schools serving the middle grades, a report released this week has found.

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