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Great visiting

Tuesday I was invited to meet with the principals of Ingham County. It is always great to visit with them. We went through some of the recent reform legislation. I focused on those areas that impact the building principal right away. I was a little surprised, and pleased, at all the questions. I started with the changes to personal curriculum committee legislative language and then moved onto the Algebra II clarity language. I’m beginning to feel these two topics will be the focus of my career.

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High-Stakes Testing and Increasingly Strict Discipline higher dropout rates

A combination of the growing reliance on high-stakes testing and increasingly strict discipline policies is a driving force behind drop-out rates nationally, according to a study released by the Advancement Project.

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Public school teacher absenteeism declines when principals have more control

Public school teacher absenteeism declines when principals have more control
January 22, 2010

(PhysOrg.com) -- Public school teachers took less time off when principals had more flexibility to dismiss them without completing elaborate documentation or attending a hearing, one of two new University of Michigan studies shows.

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Pay Cuts, Insurance Premiums Highlight Senate G.O.P. Reform Plan

Senate Republicans placed a bull's-eye Tuesday on public employee pay and benefits as the centerpiece of their efforts to restructure the cost of government, calling for government workers to take a 5 percent pay cut and pay 20 percent of their health insurance premiums.

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Interested in Becoming a Superintendent?

MASB is excited to invite principals to complete an online profile through their new board-superintendent matching process. This new process aims to more closely match superintendent candidate needs with that of a district.