State Superintendent Mike Flanagan made it clear to the leaders of Michigan's education associations this week that the spring testing window dates are governed by state law and test provider restrictions around when the state high school tests can be administered. Given that, the published assessment and re-test days must remain as originally set regardless of the number of days lost to inclement weather.
Debate over the 2014-15 School Aid Budget is underway and both chambers are meeting to discuss their priorities for this election year edition of the state's school spending plan. The House held their first hearing this week and got an overview of the Governor's recommendations; committee members also expressed concerns to both the budget office and Department of Education representatives over the planned transition to the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
The House K-12 appropriations subcommittee held its first hearing of the year on Tuesday to review Governor Snyder's budget proposal. From the questions that lawmakers asked of the State Budget Office and the Department of Education, one thing was clear: as far as the committee members are concerned, the question of which assessment Michigan will adopt next year is still very much up in the air.
The SET SEG Foundation is once again showing their commitment and compassion for student leadership, offering $26,000 in scholarship funds to Michigan public high school students to attend the Michigan Associations of Student Councils and Honor Societies (MASC/MAHS) Summer Leadership Camp. At Camp, student leaders throughout Michigan work together and engage in interactive lessons and team-building activities. Through these lessons, students are able to enhance a variety of skills including: leadership, communication, organization, group process and goal setting.