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Seeking Representative for MDE's Special Education Advisory Committee

MASSP is seeking a member volunteer to serve a three-year term on the MDE's statewide Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).

Andy Kowalczyk, Principal at Handy Middle School in Bay City, has been representing MASSP for the past two years, but is unfortunately unable to finish his term on the committee. We thank Andy for his time and commitment to this important work!

MASSP must appoint a replacement for the remainder of Andy's term and the next three-year term on the committee. The position is for a "defined member," meaning that the representative we appoint must either be the parent of a child with an IEP or a person who self identifies as having a disability.

Here's a little more information about the SEAC:

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Tuesday, the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee reported out a pair of education related bills: SB 344 would create an optional state-recognized STEM diploma endorsement that school districts could give students at their discretion and HB 5907 would require districts to inform students about college-credit-by-testing options like AP, IB, and CLEP, which most districts do already.

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What To Do With Aggressive Parents and Others?

Sometimes it feels like everyone's a critic. Whether there's an aggressive parent or an internal personnel issue, an administrator's job carries a unique set of challenges. But when the problem becomes especially personal, you may ask, "Do I really have to put up with this?" That's a fair question. If a parent spreads a lie about you on social media, isn't that defamation? If the parent angrily confronts you in person and badgers you, can you get a restraining order or issue a "no trespass" letter, prohibiting them from school grounds? When a school district employee makes you tear your hair out, isn't that a hostile work environment? These questions create an interesting stew of legal questions, which are slightly more complicated to answer than you might think.

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Careers in Education the Perfect Fit for Millennials

I recently came across an article in Forbes magazine that caught my eye, entitled "How To Attract And Retain Millennials And Get Them To Do Their Life's Best Work For You" by Yuri Kruman. Kruman, a Millennial himself, describes what Millennials want from work and what keeps them at a job.

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Big Changes Coming to 8th Grade Assessment: PSAT 8/9

Earlier this week, the College Board hosted a webinar about the switch to the PSAT 8/9 for 8th graders across the state. If you missed this important information or want to watch it again, here's your chance! Click here to access a video of the 45-minute webinar.