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Summarizing School Safety Proposals

School safety is a hot topic in Lansing right now. Both the House and Senate have now taken action on legislation designed to improve school safety in Michigan. Previously, a coalition of law enforcement and school groups rolled out the Safer Schools. Safer Students. proposal. The Senate Democrats have their own plan. And there are standalone bills in both chambers that aren't part of any particular plan.

It seems likely that something is going to happen relative to school safety. It even seems likely that whatever happens will involve additional financial support for schools. But the issues of how much and what strings come attached to the money are yet to be determined.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House Law and Justice Committee took a second week of testimony on legislation introduced in response to the Nassar sexual abuse case which includes a handful of bills that would directly impact K-12 education: strengthening mandatory reporter requirements, expanding the scope of the State's OK2SAY hotline and embedding sexual assault and harassment education into the state's sex education laws. The committee has been holding two hearings per week in order to accommodate all of the testimony and is expected to report the legislation this coming week…MASSP has been working with bill sponsors and committee members to address outstanding issues with the legislation and we expect to have our concerns addressed prior to the committee voting out the bills.

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Help Students Improve PSAT/SAT Scores with the Daily Practice App

Continuing the series of highlighting activities and resources that take place in MASSP's recently updated Data Analysis Protocol 2.0 Workshop, we're exploring the SAT Daily Practice app -- another great student resource by the College Board. The app is easy to use, provides individualized and relevant test prep, and best of all, it's free! Participants in the workshop even learn how to use the app's "Scan & Score" feature which grades answer sheets in real time to show student performance.

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PSAT 8/9 for 8th Grade Webinar & Workshop Opportunity

PSAT 8/9 will be administered in 8th grade starting in Spring 2019 for accountability in ELA and math. The College Board is offering a free introductory webinar on May 22, 2018 from 10-11 a.m. to provide brief information on the assessment, 2019 test dates, accommodations, reporting features and how to begin preparing for the 8th grade administration. This webinar is a great way to learn a bit about the test itself and the College Board assessment system! If your middle level Principal is not an MASSP member please make sure you share information about this great opportunity. To register for the webinar, visit:

Workshop Opportunity

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CLARIFICATION - Information About the Advanced Placement (AP) Test Fee Reduction Grant

MDE MEMO #062-18 - April 26, 2018

On March 22, 2018, a memorandum from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) was distributed to Local and Intermediate School Districts stating that the federal Advanced Placement (AP) Test Fee Reduction Grant is no longer available and laying out a new 2018 fee schedule for AP and International Baccalaureate (IB) test and registration fees for low-income students. This is in support of goal one (1) of the Michigan Top 10 Education State in 10 years initiative.