The House and Senate K-12 budget subcommittees both put out their proposals for the 2016-17 School Aid Budget and, aside from a proposal by the House to blow up M-STEP and the MME, most everything else was pretty much Kumbaya. Both chambers also managed to pass a $48.7 million supplemental, which allocates Tobacco Settlement money to allow Detroit Public Schools (DPS) to keep their doors open through the end of the school year.
On Tuesday, March 22, MASSP testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to SB 848. Since that testimony, several MASSP members have been contacted by teachers and others with concerns about that position. We would like to make sure that you, our members, understand our opposition and the potential impact this bill would have on schools.
The House and Senate K-12 budget subcommittees both reported out their respective versions of the budget this week. There are some key differences between the two versions, but in large part neither chamber moved too far afield from Governor Snyder's executive recommendation. The biggest bombshell was a proposal in the House version to eliminate the M-STEP and MME and move to a contract for a new computer adaptive test at all grades.
With only two weeks left before state testing begins, it is important for Principals to make sure they are reading MDE's Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability publication. This weekly newsletter on all things state testing related has important information for Principals and other district staff responsible for state assessment administration.
Here's a breakdown of some of the key topics in each of the last three editions…
Believe it or not, but Student Leadership Summer Camp is right around the corner! SET SEG has again delivered for this wonderful program by contributing $26,000 in summer camp scholarships for the 2016 program. If your students are interested in a life-changing week of leadership, have them consider filling out a SET SEG camp scholarship application by April 25th. Make sure to tell your students to apply directly at www.setseg.org/apply.