UPDATE: On September 24 MASSP tweeted from an MDE hosted review session on educator certification rules and then later reported in an article that, while school administrators could not use district provided professional development (DPPD) to renew their administrator certificate, they could use DPPD to renew a Professional Education (teaching) certificate—if they had one—and then use that teaching certificate to renew their administrator certificate.
Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) and Gallup have released the second half of their 46th annual poll of the public's attitudes toward the public schools. This second set of poll results reflects the political trends we have been seeing in Lansing with regards to issues like teacher evaluation and graduation requirements. These poll results are also going to be the subject of tonight's #MASSPchat.
The legislature has passed a bill to fix problems with the Michigan Merit Curriculum caused when the law was amended this past June. An inadvertent deletion in the earlier legislation would have made the world language graduation requirement take effect for this year's seniors, rather than the class of 2016. This eliminates the problem.
In this initial edition of LegalEase for the 2014-2015 school year, we look at the limitations on public employee speech, which has been a hot topic of debate in recent years.