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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House Committee on Workforce and Talent Development held a second round of testimony Tuesday morning on a package of legislation billed as enacting the recommendations of the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance—though in reality the bills bear only partial resemblance to those recommendations. MASSP's Bob Kefgen testified on the legislation, bringing up several concerns and urging committee members to find solutions to Michigan's skilled trades talent gap that don't involve expanding our reliance on uncertified teachers or imposing new reporting and documentation requirements on schools.

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Senate Ed Committee Talks Teacher Shortage

On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee heard three different presentations on Michigan's teacher shortage. The Michigan Department of Education, Ionia ISD Superintendent Jason Mellema, and Mackinac Center Director of Education Policy Ben DeGrow each had a different take on the issue.

This week's discussion is the second time in three weeks that the panel has had serious discussion on the issue of teacher shortage. A hearing two weeks ago focused on HB 4421-22, a pair of bills aimed at addressing a subset of the teacher shortage issue: substitute teacher shortage.

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Establishment and Intent to Test - Important Information for Spring Assessments

All schools should have received information via email this past week about the process of establishment of schools for spring testing. This is a critical (and required) process, which we engage in every year. Responses MUST be received by November 17. The College Board will follow up with reminders to public schools until responses are submitted. Here are the details:

Establishment is the process whereby the College Board knows which schools are administering the PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and SAT, and is based on rules that are coordinated with MDE. Public schools and private schools are established through different processes.

Public School Establishment

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Auditing/Assessing your MTSS Systems

Written by Rick Couturier, Education Consultant and longtime MASSP member. Rick can be reached at

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MDE Begins Discussions with Seven New Districts To Build Partnership Agreements

State Superintendent Brian Whiston and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will be entering into discussions with seven new school districts to develop Partnership Agreements with the goal of improving achievement levels at these struggling schools in Michigan.

“These will be positive, yet pressing, conversations with the leaders of these districts to get their struggling schools back on track,” Whiston said. “We want to provide as many local and state-level partners as possible to help students in these schools be successful.”

Many in the education community are familiar with Michigan’s past system, using the labels of Reward, Focus and Priority schools. Now, the Partnership model, under Whiston’s leadership, is the method being used by MDE.