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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Senate Education Committee heard testimony but took no votes or other action this week on the vague topic of "academically failing schools" from the unlikely pair of former Oakland Schools superintendent Vickie Markavitch and Lansing attorney and former Oxford Foundation (a.k.a. Skunkworks) mastermind Richard McLellan. The testimony and questions from the committee were—at times—long winded and off topic, but generally focused on a proposal from Markavitch to allow an ISD takeover as an interim measure for struggling schools.

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AP Potential: College Readiness, Moneyball Style

[This is one of a series of posts I've been putting together on topics related to Advanced Placement. I've been thinking for a while that I need to get some of these things in print, if only to make sure that the things I think don't get lost. I hope these are helpful to someone. If not, I've enjoyed doing it anyway. This post pertains to AP Potential; the College Board will be sending high school administrators and counselors access codes for this online tool beginning in December, so it seems smart to be aware of this as soon as possible.]'s picture

Consortium Pricing Available for Middle Level PSAT

If your district is interested in spring PSAT 8/9 testing for your middle level students, consortium pricing is available through your ISD/RESA, but you need to take action before November 13.

Here are the details that you will want to know at a local level:'s picture

#MASSPchat 11/9 - Classroom Environment & Culture

The Topic: Classroom Environment & Culture
There are any number of things that can impact the classroom environment and culture. Let’s talk about some of them specifically this week, and share ways we see students being both positively and negatively impacted in terms of student learning. To prepare for this week’s discussion, please review the 5D+ Teacher Evaluation Rubric for Classroom Environment & Culture as it will guide our chat questions.

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Strive for a Safer Drive Initiative - Grant Funding Available

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds in the United States. Last year, there were 51,446 crashes in Michigan with a driver age 16 to 20 and 109 of those crashes were fatal.

Strive for a Safer Drive (S4SD) aims to reduce teen crashes, fatalities and serious injuries. You can help drive these numbers down by working with a team of students at your school. All Michigan high schools are eligible to apply. Up to 50 schools will be selected to receive $1,000 to develop a student-led, peer-to-peer traffic safety campaign.