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Free Webinar from Edweek.org

We received this email notice from several people, so we're passing it on to our readers. Don't forget to sign up for the Math Summit, March 30, 2009 at the MSU Kellogg Center,

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Eliminate 11th and 12th Grades

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction recently hosted a meeting that he calls, “Moving from the Model T.” He wants to take the delivery of education for Michigan’s children to a new place. He, or we, don’t know what that place is but it’s not where we are now. This started from a group of schools in Southeast Michigan putting on a full court press to have the state fund an adequacy study for the current system. According to the Superintendent, that would be a waste of time and resources because the way we’re delivering education now isn’t working.

So, we have met a few times to listen to different ideas. The most recent was from Dr. Mark Tucker from the National Center on Education and the Economy.

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Oops... Pa 517 Is a Problem

Mid-January District's were sent a memo from the Treasury Department regarding a new requirement to earn MI Promise Scholarships. To see and and read the details which I'm talking about just do a site search - social studies. The memo and law will be before you.

Well, there was an oops. The Public Act also requires three credits in Social Studies to be eligible to receive the scholarship. Well, if a student "opted-up" in the personal curriculum they won't have three credits.

We've been in contact with Legislative Offices. They are aware of the problems. I'm confident a technical bill will be done to make the correction... in time.

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Merit Exam Retakes - Legislation

Act No. 349
Public Acts of 2008
Approved by the Governor
December 23, 2008
Filed with the Secretary of State
December 23, 2008
EFFECTIVE DATE: December 23, 2008

House Bills 6412 and 6413 (as passed by the House)
Sponsor: Representative Matthew Gillard
House Committee: Appropriations
Senate Committee: Appropriations

Date Completed: 12-8-08

House Bill 6412 would amend the Revised School Code to make it consistent with the State School Aid Act. The bill would:

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PA 517 - Social Studies assessment now in the sun

From: MME [mailto:MME@michigan.gov]
Sent: Thu 1/15/2009 9:37 AM
Subject: New Social Studies Requirement for Michigan Promise Scholarship
Pursuant to Public Act 517 of 2008... In addition to all other eligibility requirements, a student who takes the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) in 2009 or after must now also achieve an MME score of Level 1 or 2 in Social Studies to become eligible for installment payments of the Michigan Promise scholarship.

If you have questions about this new requirement, please contact the Michigan Department of Treasury which is solely responsible for administering the Michigan Promise scholarship (call 888-447-2687 toll-free).

Bob Nelson
Michigan Department of Education
Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability

Public Act 517 of 2008