For members who did not join us but want a rundown on the latest political happenings in Lansing, MASSP Government Relations Department hosted a Legislative Update webinar earlier this morning, which you can watch a recording of by clicking here or the slides here. The Senate Education Committee held their first hearing of the year this past Tuesday to discuss SB 27, a bill that would repeal the Michigan law that requires the identification of the lowest achieving 5% of public schools and allows for them to be put under the supervision of the State School Reform/Redesign Office (SRO).
Among the legislation that made it across the finish line during lame duck session was a package of bills that seeks to overhaul how Michigan handles zero tolerance suspensions and expulsions. Specifically, the legislation provides greater autonomy for school districts by easing some of the mandatory expulsion provisions previously codified in state law. As is often the case with state law, though, the way these changes was executed is not as simple as the intent.
MASSP is again this year offering a scholarship opportunity for children of Association members. This spring, three $2,500 awards will be given out to members of the class of 2017 who meet the criteria below and based on demonstrated academic achievement, extra curricular activities, and school and community service. The deadline to apply for the 2017 MASSP scholarship is Friday, March 31.
- Graduating senior at a Michigan high school (public or private) with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Dependent of an MASSP member in good standing at the professional membership level or above for at least 3 years.
The Governor's budget presentation is two weeks away, no education committees have met yet, and only a handful of education bills have been introduced, but the House finally announced committees this week and the Senate is already gearing up for hearings, so we have at least an initial indication of the direction things may head to start the 2017-18 legislative session.
Written by Michael J. Kapolka, Principal at Chelsea High School. Michael has been an MASSP member since 2007.
Since 1993, our school community has experienced a school shooting, eleven student deaths (including four in 2000), a chemical spill, building fire and a tornado. In Chelsea, I have felt that we have done a sound job at managing crises, but ultimately, we have been lacking in the area of supporting students and staff once the dust has settled.