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Help Us Help You: OK2SAY Keeping Michigan Students Safe

In the wake of the school tragedy in Florida, many people are wondering how they can keep their schools safe. Others in Michigan, have been contacting our office for more information, resources (banners, posters, etc.) and to inquire how to schedule a free OK2SAY presentation.'s picture

Accelerating Credit: What can schools do to ensure students have a step toward their future after graduation?

High school students from across Michigan are benefitting from earning college credits while in high school. Not only is this a significant financial advantage, but research also shows students who earn credit in high school are more likely to graduate from college. By 2025, 65 percent of jobs in Michigan will require a postsecondary credential, and our workforce is not yet prepared to meet these new demands. As noted in a report titled The Best Education System for Michigan’s Success, "Only 36 percent of Michiganders over 25 years of age have earned an associate degree or higher – ranking Michigan 35th for degree attainment."

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Class of 2018 Scholarships Available to Dependents of MASSP Members

MASSP is pleased to announce this year's scholarship opportunity for graduating dependents of MASSP members. This spring, three $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to members of the class of 2018 who meet the criteria below and based on his/her demonstrated academic achievement, extra curricular activities and school and community service. The deadline to apply for the 2018 MASSP scholarship is Monday, March 19.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduating senior at a Michigan high school (public or private) with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Dependent of an MASSP member in good standing at the professional membership level or above for at least 3 years.
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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Tuesday, the House Law and Justice Committee passed a trio of bills (HB 5130-32) that would change the law around expulsion and school attendance of a pupil convicted of criminal sexual conduct when the victim attends the same school. Under the revised bills, being found guilty by the courts of criminal sexual conduct against another student in the school (even if the incident occurred off-campus) would be a zero tolerance offense (subject to the seven factors that schools are now required to consider in all suspension or expulsion cases).

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Do You Leave School With a Positive Attitude?

I was involved in a conversation with a colleague at a MASSP Board of Directors meeting about retaining teachers and administrators. We discussed what causes people in both positions to leave the profession. One reason we often hear about is educators having too many bad days. These are normally due to one or two troublesome situations like a difficult student or parent. We forget about the hundreds of great interactions that occur within that "bad day." I compiled a list of things administrators can do so that when you leave work you leave with a positive attitude.