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The One Tool Every Principal Needs

Since the middle of the summer, I have been working with Jim and GoKnow to bring to life a multi-platform, customizable observation tool for documenting multiple teacher observations in a simple, efficient and effective manner. This incredible tool – GoObserve – is now available for use by administrators across our state and country. If you haven’t already, I urge you to give it a try.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences: Seize The Moment!

Most schools are in the throws of either conducting or planning for fall Parent/Teacher Conferences. What a great time to think about this well entrenched tradition in our schools. Will this experience leave your parents and staff feeling better...or bitter? Will it be sweet...or cause sweat? I don't know about you, but I know more than a couple awesome teachers who are confident and magical in a classroom full of kids who become a cotton-mouthed, ball of nerves in front of parents.

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Flanagan: Senate Anti-Bullying Bill 'A Joke'

Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan indicated his opposition to an anti-bullying measure passed by the Senate on Wednesday.

Senate Bill 137 requires school districts to implement anti-bullying policies, but allows statements made based on religious beliefs or moral convictions to be exempt from those policies.

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National Emergency Alert System Test on Wednesday

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 at approximately 2 p.m., Michigan will cooperate with the Federal Emergency Management Association and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by participating in the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

The test, issued by government officials in Washington, D.C., is being run in an effort to find out where the weaknesses are in the EAS system. The test will be on all radio, television, cable, satellite, U-verse and Verizon television delivery systems, as well as satellite radio.

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Our Legislature Just Keeps On Giving... Our Retirement Is Next

As major changes to retiree benefits for state employees moved forward Thursday, Representative Chuck Moss, House Appropriations Committee Chair, said the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System is in even worse shape and changes are coming.

"We're going to have to address it for the school employees as well," Rep. Moss (R-Birmingham) said.