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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

Thursday morning's House Education Reform Committee hearing was pretty much the only education-related legislative action this week, but the panel managed to pack a lot into a one-hour hearing. The committee overwhelmingly reported out a pair of bills (HB 5707 and 6401) that would return the percentage of teacher and school administrator evaluations that must be based on student growth to 25% (back down from 40% where it moved at the beginning of this school year).'s picture

You’re Filing a Grievance About What?!

Flashback to August 30, 2010: I was focused, filled with excitement and had total clarity of how I was going to launch my first staff meeting as a principal of a large high school. I methodically mapped out the school year to be productive and action-oriented, as the change was the overwhelming theme. My enthusiasm was quickly overshadowed by the reality of the recession, where change was viewed as forced and vehemently unwanted by most. It was the year of transitions as I had to lead the move from the luxury of a 4x4 block schedule, back to the traditional six-period day. The newly implemented Michigan Merit Curriculum and change in the schedule was taking its toll on elective courses as student choice was crippled.

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School Safety Is Paramount, Get FREE Resources from OK2SAY

School safety continues to be on the forefront of every educator’s mind these days. To assist in keeping students, staff and buildings safe, many administrators are utilizing Michigan’s OK2SAY program.'s picture

Happy Principals Month!

Principals are the keystone of a their building, but often don't get recognition for all the hard work they do each and every day. That's why we are so happy to be celebrating Principal's Month during October, both here in Michigan and on a national scale. Throughout the month, MASSP will be putting a special spotlight on the Principal - the leader who gets up early and stays up late, going above and beyond the call of duty to get the job done.

On behalf of the MASSP Board of Directors and staff, thank you for the time and effort you devote to your students, staff and, ultimately, your community.

To kick off this month-long celebration, we'd like to share the Governor's Proclamation of Michigan Principals Month, which you'll find below.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Legislature returned to Lansing this week for a few more days of session before the election and the Senate Education Committee wasted no time taking up a trio of bills that dealt with everything from cyber schools to foreign exchange students.