It has been a great school year for #MASSPchat! We’ve been able to engage Principals and educators from all over the State in high quality conversations on a wide array of topics. We know that this time of year is busy and hectic and even the most dedicated #MASSPchat regulars struggle to check in, so in an effort to keep the quality high we are going to start our summer hiatus now. We will resume our collaborative conversations in August.
As you may know, MASSP is also the home of a student division – MASC/MAHS Michigan Student Leadership. One of this organization's largest and most popular events is a high school Summer Leadership Camp. Each year, the SET SEG Foundation holds a scholarship contest to make attending this camp not just a dream, but a reality for students across the state.
The Michigan Department of Education put out a pair of memos this week that Principals may want to review. The first is a reminder that, because of legislation passed last year, schools now need to comply with training and reporting requirements related to anaphylaxis and epinephrine auto-injectors. The second is information about recent updates to MDE's Model Code of Student Conduct.
Here are the memos:
Michigan Public Act 187 Requirements
The Detroit Chamber's annual Mackinac Policy Conference ran this past week, which means that there was a short session week to allow lawmakers to get to Mackinac Island by Wednesday afternoon. Still, with the exception of the School Aid Budget, the legislature was able to wrap up most other state budgets (including the Department of Education budget) before they left.
The Senate has voted out SB 103, educator evaluation legislation that, while improved from where it began the year, still falls far short of what is needed to ensure that Principals and other educators are supported with quality evaluation tools, training, and funding.