MASSP held our first annual Legislative Day at the Capitol this past Tuesday and gave Principals from across the state a chance to come to Lansing and advocate specifically on issues that impact them at the building level. Participants also got a chance to learn first-hand how Michigan's political process works and get legislative updates on key Principal issues like educator evaluation and student assessments.
A new decision from a federal appeals court related to an Indiana school's rule limiting the length of hair for male athletes raises an old issue for school administrators: How far is too far when limiting student expression? Student expression can come in many forms and forums, and the response by school administration may be as varied as the expression itself. Importantly, how a school administrator determines his or her ability to limit student speech must involve an analysis of the who, what, when, where, why, and how of student speech.
Written by Jaysen Anderson (@jaysenanderson), Assistant Principal, North High School, St. Paul, MN. Article reprinted with permission from Mission Driven Leadership (http://missiondrivenleadership.com/)
There were fireworks on Wednesday in the Senate K-12 budget subcommittee when the panel took testimony from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) on the funding for a new educator evaluation system proposed in Governor Snyder's budget.