Ballard's picture

MASSP comments on MDE new accreditation system

Sent on February 12, 2009

Ballard's picture

EXPLORE for all

I’ve just returned from a joint meeting with the two leading Senators of the Senate Appropriation Committee. There I asked on behalf of the association legislation to fund the EXPLORE test for every school in the state.

They were extremely receptive to our request. In fact, they wanted to go much further than what we requested. In light of the pending funding reductions, they asked that I ask our members for suggestions to reduce our state assessment costs so as not take money from school operations. I agreed to seek member input. You’ll be seeing a request via our MASSP Communication system.

Here’s our formal request in regard to EXPLORE.

Chris's picture

Dropout Bill Dropped . . . Again

Like clockwork, multiple pieces of legislation that would raise the dropout age from 16 to 18 have been introduced in the opening days of the 2009-'10 session, marking at least the eighth straight session for the measure.

A year after a Rep. Lamar LEMMONS Jr. (D-Detroit) bill moved out of the House Education Committee, Lemmons has introduced another one (HB 4132). And he's not alone. In fact, Rep. Doug GEISS (D-Taylor) beat Lemmons to the punch this year with HB 4030.

House Education Committee Chair Tim MELTON (D-Pontiac) said he's committed to moving the issue in his committee again in the coming months, even if it means amending the bill to simply requiring parental consent for 16-year-olds who drop out of school.

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Free Webinar from

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,

Ballard's picture

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.