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New Safety Drill Requirements Take Effect July 1

As the school year winds down and you begin looking at changes to make over the summer, don't forget that Michigan's new safety drill requirements are now law and go into affect on July 1, 2014. In addition to changes to the number and type of drills required, there are also new reporting requirements that all schools must adhere to.

Drill Requirement
Under the new law, any school that operates any of grades Kindergarten to 12 must conduct at least:

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Eval Funding, Assessment Guidance, Foundation Increase Make Compromise Budget

A compromise K-12 budget gained approval this morning from the joint House and Senate conference committee appointed to work out differences between the two chamber's proposed budgets. The compromise includes funding for educator evaluations, guidance on what Michigan's new student assessment will look like, and small foundation increases for districts ranging from $50-$175 per pupil.

Major highlights of the proposed budget deal include:

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Senate Education Committee held its first hearing on the pair of educator evaluation bills that passed the House in May. HB 5223-24 were not voted on, but a plethora of groups either spoke in support of the bills or turned in cards expressing their support in writing.

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Senate Hears Strong Support for Eval Bills

The Senate Education Committee held its first hearing this week on HB 5223-24, a pair of bills that would enact a new system of educator evaluations for Michigan. The bills passed the House in May with overwhelming bipartisan support, but this was the first time that the Senate took up the discussion in such depth.'s picture

OU Offering IB Leadership Courses

Are you curious about International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs that seem to be growing in popularity in our state and throughout the country? Do you need credits to renew your administrator or teaching certificate? You might want to consider a new 6 credit hybrid program available at Oakland University (Rochester Hills, MI).

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