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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Senate Education Committee met Tuesday to take testimony on a pair of bills (SB 343-44) that would affect secondary principals: one to require districts to provide students with regional information on in-demand occupations during the EDP process, another to create an optional STEM diploma endorsement. MASSP testified with concerns on both bills, which are in the very earliest stages of the legislative process and have a long way to go before they have any chance of becoming law.'s picture

Important Info on State Test Verification Process

This week’s Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability contains critical information for Principals on the Answer Sheet Verification process schools must complete in the BAA Secure site. The window will be open for SAT from May 24 to May 31, and ensuring accurate information will be very important to making our score release timelines. The two articles below provide further information (including any relevant deadlines) on this as well as the processes for verification of enrollment and verification of students not tested.

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GF Down, SAF Up in May Revenue Estimates

The State Treasurer and directors of the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies met Wednesday to come to consensus on the revenue estimates that will be used to finalize state budgets for next year. Bottom line: the state’s chief economists now project that while the School Aid Fund will do better than initially expected general fund (GF) revenues will come in lower, likely leading to pressure for both GF cuts and more School Aid diversions.

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2017 Kelsey’s Law Scholarship - Stop Distracted Driving Contest

The second annual Kelsey’s Law Distracted Driving Scholarship for Michigan high school juniors and seniors has launched. Kelsey Raffaele, 17, of Sault Ste. Marie, tragically died in a cell phone-related automobile crash in 2010. This scholarship has been created in her honor to inspire change in teens who drive distracted and help prevent car accidents.

In October, $5,000 worth of scholarships will be awarded to Michigan students. Applicants are asked to submit a persuasive message that shows how you would convince young drivers to reduce distractions while driving.

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Proposed Educator Certification Model: Feedback Needed

The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Professional Preparation Services, is requesting stakeholder feedback on a proposed structure for Michigan teacher certification. This structure is the result of 18 months of research, data collection, and K-12 and higher education stakeholder feedback.

Please watch the Proposed Certification Structure Video prior to completing the survey in order to learn more about this model. The video is approximately 20 minutes long.