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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

We're back! The legislature returns to full legislative session (at least for the next four weeks) starting on Tuesday, but the MDE isn't waiting for them to come back. This week, the Department released long-awaited guidance on the recent changes to the Michigan Merit Curriculum, which will also be the topic of our September 8 #masspchat.'s picture

September #masspchat Topics

We have some interesting topics slated for #masspchat in September. MASSP's Bob Kefgen (@BobKefgen) will be hosting a September 8 chat on the recent changes to the MMC law and teacher evaluations. Then Dan Quinn (@teacherpolicy), the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice and economics teacher at Grosse Pointe North High School is going to discuss the recently released Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll on the American public's attitudes toward public schools.

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MDE Releases Updated MMC Guidance

The Michigan Department has released updated guidance documents about the recent changes to the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) passed by the legislature this past June.

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MDE Issues RFP for New Assessment, Extends Contract with ACT for 2015

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has confirmed that they have extended their contract with ACT for another year. This means that the state-provided college entrance and work skills exams that all 11th graders take in the spring will continue to be the ACT and WorkKeys for the 2014-15 school year. The MDE has also put out the legislatively mandated request for proposal for a new statewide assessment system that will be in place for the 2015-16 school year.

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Poll on Public Attitudes to Public Ed Has Lessons for Educators

Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) and Gallup have released their 46th annual poll of the public's attitudes toward the public schools. So why does this matter for Principals? Allow me to quote from the report: "Dismissing American public opinion as uninformed is not an option, and astute policy makers understand this." Public attitudes toward key education issues and the resulting impact on lawmaker opinions drive much of the debate around the law that directly impact your schools.

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