On December 6, 2011, Matt’s Safe School Law (MCL 380.1310b) was signed into law by Governor Snyder. The law requires that not later than six months after the effective date of the legislation, the board of a local education agency (LEA) or intermediate school district (ISD) or board of directors of a public school academy (PSA) shall adopt and implement a policy prohibiting bullying. This act further requires that not later than 30 days after adopting the policy, the board or board of directors shall submit a copy of its policy to the Michigan Department of Education.
For the past three years the MASSP has worked tirelessly to promote the importance of using Explore and Plan test data to improve student achievement. We have lobbied the State to fund these tests to provide all schools with an early indication of the college readiness levels of their students.
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After an epic 12-year debate, legislation gradually lifting the cap on the number of university-authorized charter schools is now on its way to the governor.
The Senate concurred in House changes to SB 618 on Thursday that most notably includes a phase-out of the 150-school cap by 2015. The Senate originally abolished the cap immediately.
Senator Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair), who had led the issue after Governor Rick Snyder called for more charter schools only in areas with failing schools during his education message last spring, spoke briefly before the final vote.
Michigan has once again lost out on federal funding aimed at helping improve education in the state.
The latest round, announced Friday, would have assisted early childhood education programs.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded nine states a share in $500 million in grants.