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MDE Presents Online Learning Options to House

May 13,2010 - Department of Education (MDE) officials today testified in favor of distance-learning programs and seat time waivers in front of a skeptical, but interested House School Aid Appropriation Subcommittee. Mary Alice Galloway and Lisa Hanson of the Department of Education discussed seat time waivers that would reduce classroom instruction for more students in favor of online instruction.

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There was more consensus on legislation requiring school districts to establish anti-bullying policies than a similar bill from last term, but there are still hurdles to getting a bill on the governor's desk after House action Thursday.

To get to a 76-29 vote on HB 4580* - as opposed to a straight party line vote last session - proponents removed a list of characteristics specifying why a student was being bullied.

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Retirement Bill Passes with one vote margin in House

May 14, 2010

It's finally over! The conference committee on a 4-2 vote approved a compromise retirement legislative package just before mid-night. That compromise was sent to the Senate, passed 21-14 and they went home at 12:30 p.m. The House struggled until 4:00 a.m. before they are the required 56 vote majority. Now it awaits a promised Governor signing.

The following information summarizes what was contained in the Senate- and House-passed versions of Senate Bill 1227, and what is contained in the Conference Report. It is below, "Retirement Bill."

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Fourth Year Probationary Teachers and Layoffs

Education Law Alert

Fourth Year Probationary Teachers and Layoffs
by Marshall W. Grate

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A Four Letter Word for Leadership

The Four-Letter Word that Makes You and Your Work Irresistible, by Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE

LOVE is a four-letter word in the business world. It makes us uncomfortable. It seems inappropriate or even taboo.

It can also make you and your work irresistible.

Let me explain:
Some years ago I wrote a book about an extraordinary individual who loves his work. My editor at the time deleted the word love every place I used it. Instead, he suggested using the phrase "generosity of spirit."

"Why not love?" I inquired.

"Because the word love freaks out businesspeople," he responded.

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