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RTT Language Includes MASSP Algebra II Amendment

Senate Bill 981 - one of the five bills completed in the late night legislative session before Christmas Break included the MASSP Algebra II language!

Sec. 1278a. (1) Except as otherwise provided in this section or section 1278b, beginning with pupils entering grade 8 in 2006, the board of a school district or board of directors of a public school academy shall not award a high school diploma to a pupil unless the pupil meets all of the following:

(a) Has successfully completed all of the following credit requirements of the Michigan merit standard before graduating from high school:

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Way Cool!

Governor Granholm shares news about school funding with MASSP Board of Directors

Jim - Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the MASSP Board of Directors Mtg. I found it very meaningful, particularly the connecting beyond the meeting with other board members and our day at the Capitol. It was quite a learning experience for me.

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Another added value of an MASSP membership

I recently had the opportunity to do a presentation to our school board about the planning and implementation of the EXPLORE test at Kingsford Middle School. I was also able to explain the benefits of the test for our district and the individual student results. The response that Mr. Ballard sent to the MDE regarding EXPLORE for all in Michigan, which is posted on the MASSP website, was an excellent resource for this presentation. There was clear, concise information that was very valuable and easily understood when I highlighted the key points to our school board.

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State Postpones School Pro-Ration Order

Governor HandshakeCiting at least $150 million in unanticipated revenue and savings, Governor Granholm this week delayed the implementation of her pro-ration order cutting $127 per pupil from the state’s School Aid payments to local school districts.

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Legislation barring drivers from sending or reading a text message while operating their vehicle moved forward in both chambers this week. In the House, members of the Lower Chamber gave their support to House Bills 4370 and 4394 which together prohibits the activity but makes a violation a secondary offense, meaning law enforcement cannot stop a vehicle for texting alone and dictating that a violation carries no points against the offending driver’s license.