January's Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference was Thursday and, although the revenue estimates would seem to indicate growth, those numbers don't tell the full story. Increasing costs and tax losses offset increases in revenue—which likely translates into a roughly flat budget for 2016-17—but there are a LOT of uncertainties that could change the story and declining enrollment and cost increases could make the picture darker for many districts.
In partnership with MACUL, we are excited to offer a $145 savings for MASSP members to attend the MACUL 2016 Conference in Grand Rapids on March 10 & 11. MACUL's annual conference is recognized as one of the most comprehensive conferences on the uses of technology in our nation.
The new Michigan Science Standards are vastly different (and improved) from all prior standards. Transition will require new ways of thinking and teaching to achieve our desired results. To accomplish this, strong administrator leadership is imperative! That's why the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network is hosting a professional development session on the new Michigan Science Standards designed specifically for administrators! Don't miss this upcoming opportunity taking place on January 26, 2016 at the Clinton County RESA.
I recently read the book The Overparenting Epidemic: Why Helicopter Parenting Is Bad for Your Kids . . . and Dangerous for You, Too! by Dr. George Glass and David Tabatsky. What I found amazing about the book was how applicable it would be to educators. Even though it was not an "educational" book, it was hitting one of the common issues that all of us face in schools today.
Although Thursday's Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC) numbers show that School Aid Fund revenue is nominally up $350 million for next year, that number does not account for a looming tax loss or a significant increase in MPSERS and other costs. And with the uncertainty caused by outstanding issues like road funding, Flint's water situation, and the Detroit Schools, the budget is looking flat not flush going into 2016-17.