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Personal Curriculums: The Latest Spin

personal curriculum graphic By Jim Ballard
MASSP Executive Director

I had the pleasure of recently sitting at a discussion table with the Chief Academic Officer for the MDE, the Educational Advisor to the Governor, the Chair of the Senate Education Committee, and the Director of State Scholars. The topic was the implementation of the Michigan Merit Standard/Curriculum.

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NCLB Lacks Bite

NCLBState restructuring efforts for NCLB often take a back seat to the more comprehensive reforms. Look for State Superintendent Mike Flanagan’s remarks in the last paragraph of this Wall Street Journal article.  READ MORE

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Curriculum Update Webinar Resources 5-13-08

The powerpoint and other instructions are attached to this post.

World Languages Powerpoint

Picture Talk Instructions

Webinar Tools Powerpoint

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School Aid Update

Jim By Jim Ballard
MASSP Executive Director

SB 1107, 2008-09 School Aid has passed the Senate and is now in discussion before the House Appropriations sub-committee for Education. I’d be surprised to see movement of the bill to the full Appropriations Committee until after the report to this committee by the legislative finance research staff as to how much money they think is in the state check book is completed. There are still some things kicking about.

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Michigan Forums Seek Solutions to Dropout Problem

map of michigan Finding ways to fix Michigan’s dropout crisis is the focus of public hearings that began May 8 as part of a statewide initiative to increase the number of high school graduates to stabilize a weak economy.