You've just finished listening to Eliminate Stress from Your Daily Life as you arrive on campus. Standing in your parking space is the custodian, Bob. Before you can get out of your car, Bob starts in: "Boss, those graffiti scoundrels are at it again. The exterior door of Room 15 has been tagged. With no nighttime security, it's no surprise this continues to happen. In the meantime, Mr. Williams has reported a leak in his classroom after last night's rain. But I'm supposed to be setting up for your morning flag assembly. What do you want me to do?"
After letting the issue languish for nearly a year, the Senate Education Committee has finally started debating educator evaluation legislation.
On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee took testimony on SB 103, a largely stripped down version of educator evaluation legislation introduced by committee chair Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair). MASSP opposes this legislation and testified against the bill, which fails to ensure that Principals have access to quality evaluation tools or the training they deserve.
The House Education Committee took testimony, but did not vote Tuesday on a pair of bills that would impact secondary Principals. The first was legislation that has already passed the Senate and would restore the ability of schools to allow some bake sales and other food-related fundraisers during the school day. The second is a new bill that would allow a course in personal economics and financial literacy to substitute for a student's .5 credit economics graduation requirement—so long as the replacement course covers the state's economics content standards.