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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

Coming into this week, there was lots of hype about a possible deal on MPSERS reform…the Senate Education Committee (where SB 401, the Senate version of a bill to close the MPSERS system has been referred) had posted a meeting with no specific agenda while legislative leadership in both the House and Senate announced they had come to an agreement of budget spending targets that included money to fund MPSERS reform. But the week came and went with no movement on MPSERS, the K-12 budget, or any of the other big ticket education issues looming in the offing during this spring’s session.

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Tools to Make Your Voice Heard

MPSERS reform is once again being debated in Lansing, the 2017-18 budget is being finalized, and the pressure is mounting on legislators who want to tie-up loose ends before they leave for summer recess. With so many issues possibly on the table over the next few weeks, we wanted to remind MASSP members about the ways you can use our Engage website to contact elected officials and look up information about legislation that would impact Principals. We also wanted to introduce you to Resistbot, a new tool that you can use for contacting your federal elected officials in D.C.

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Educator Evaluation Training Grant Ends Sept. 30

Late last week, MDE issued MEMO #055-17 reminding districts about the upcoming Sept. 30 deadline for use of funds under the Educator Evaluation Training Grant. Information from the memo is posted in its entirety below.

Important Dates

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House Education Reform Committee was packed to the gills on Thursday when they took testimony, but did not vote on a pair of bills that would—among other things—simplify the process for getting a non-medical waiver (i.e. a waiver for religious or philosophical reasons) from Michigan’s vaccination rules for students.  The House Health Policy Committee passed legislation that would require that MDE embed instruction about prescription opioid drug abuse into the substance abuse section of Michigan's health education content standards. Neither the Senate Education Committee or the Senate Education Subcommittee on the Michigan Merit Curriculum met this past week, though the former panel is slated to meet this coming week, presumably to take up legislation to close the MPSERS system.

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Criminal Penalties for Sophomoric Student Conduct?

A court in New Mexico recently tackled a case involving a factual scenario that does not seem far-fetched for those who've had the pleasure of working with or raising young boys. In A.M. v. Holmes, a seventh-grade student was sent to sit in the hall after repetitively generating "fake burps" during class. From the hallway, he continued to capture his classmates' attention by leaning into the classroom doorway to keep burping and laughing. This sophomoric behavior, clearly disruptive and inappropriate, needed to be addressed.