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Truancy Legislation: Our Concerns and Plan of Action

Recently, MASSP members may have heard about a package of legislation that would amend Michigan’s truancy laws. These bills, which are based on recommendations that came from Michigan’s School Justice Partnership, have been awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee since the spring. Many principals are members of their county’s School Justice Partnership and we have spoken with several principals about the details of the bills as currently written. All have agreed that, without changes, these bills would hamper rather than help the work they are doing locally to address student attendance issues.

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Boosting Student Opportunity Through Free SAT Practice: Webinar for Principals Featuring the Sandusky High Team

You're invited to a special upcoming professional learning opportunity available to you and your team. Join representatives from the College Board, Khan Academy, and fellow school leaders, including Steve and Erin Carlson from Sandusky Jr/Sr High School, for a free webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 12-1 p.m. about boosting student opportunity through free SAT practice.

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5 Things to Know About the New Counselor PD Law

Written by Patrick O’Connor, Government Relations Co-Chair of the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC)

Governor Snyder recently signed House Bill 4181 into law. This bill makes important changes to the professional development requirements of school counselors, which will take effect in two years.

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#MASSPchat - Making Time for PD

As the school year moves along, how are making sure your staff gets the on-going professional development they need in the time you have available? Let's share strategies for finding time for the training needed as well as activities, resources and strategies you are using.

This Week's Questions: (one posted each day)

  • Q1 (Monday): Do you feel you have adequate time for professional development throughout the school year? #masspchat
  • Q2 (Tuesday): Do you use staff meeting time for professional development activities or is it a time for announcements and staff dialogue? #masspchat
  • Q3 (Wednesday): What creative ideas and strategies do you have for creating or finding additional time for your staff PD needs? #masspchat
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Service Animals and Schools - Legal Factors You Need to Know

Written by Kevin Sutton, Attorney and Partner at Lusk Albertson PLC

A student appears in your office, toting an adorable dog. "Not appropriate for school" is your immediate thought, but then the student throws you a curveball. The animal is not a pet, but a service animal, intended to support the student with a medical issue of some sort. That sounds kind of legal. So, what do you do?

As the use of service dogs increases in our communities, so too do questions about the rights of the individuals who use them. The implications are significant for schools, where minimizing the disruptions that might come with a dog in the classroom is vital. But how do you balance the orderly operation of your school against the rights a person with a disability might have?