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Questions about Retirement?

MASSP is meeting with the director of the Michigan Teachers Retirement office Friday morning.

Why Friday morning? It’s the morning after the Governor delivers her 2010/11 budget. We’ll learn the details of the proposed retirement changes.

What do you hope to accomplish? MASSP plans to make a podcast with Phil Stoddard, director of the state of Michigan's Office of Retirement Services. The purpose of the podcast is so our members can listen as the Director answers questions regarding the Governor’s proposals.

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Are You Taking Care of Yourself?

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MASSP President

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Great visiting

Tuesday I was invited to meet with the principals of Ingham County. It is always great to visit with them. We went through some of the recent reform legislation. I focused on those areas that impact the building principal right away. I was a little surprised, and pleased, at all the questions. I started with the changes to personal curriculum committee legislative language and then moved onto the Algebra II clarity language. I’m beginning to feel these two topics will be the focus of my career.

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High-Stakes Testing and Increasingly Strict Discipline higher dropout rates

A combination of the growing reliance on high-stakes testing and increasingly strict discipline policies is a driving force behind drop-out rates nationally, according to a study released by the Advancement Project.

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Public school teacher absenteeism declines when principals have more control

Public school teacher absenteeism declines when principals have more control
January 22, 2010

( -- Public school teachers took less time off when principals had more flexibility to dismiss them without completing elaborate documentation or attending a hearing, one of two new University of Michigan studies shows.

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