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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Senate Education Committee took testimony (though, unfortunately, did not vote) Tuesday on a pair of bills (HB 4421-22)that would begin to address Michigan’s substitute teacher shortage by—among other things—allowing recent retirees to substitute teach without districts having to pay a the hefty MPSERS fee they are currently charged…the timeline on this bill is unclear.

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Work Needed on New Career Pathways Bills

Following two weeks of testimony about the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance (MCPA) recommendations, five new bills were introduced in the House this week. The legislation deals with various topics related to CTE and is being couched as enacting the ideas outlined by the MCPA, but only some of the bills actually align with those recommendations and most will need work if they are going to help rather than create new problems for Principals and other educators.

That said, every indication MASSP has received in our early conversations with legislators and other stakeholders is that there is broad willingness to work collaboratively to address any issues and make the legislation helpful for educators.

The Bills

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Review of MDE's New Sub Permit Rules

Last school year, MDE's Office of Professional Preparation Services (OPPS) restructured Michigan's sub teaching permits. There are now four substitute permits available to schools and districts wishing to employ educators outside of regular certification and endorsement areas:

  • The Daily Substitute Permit (a traditional sub permit, valid for periods up to 90 calendar days in a single assignment)
  • The Full-Year Basic Permit (for long-term subs, valid for a single academic year)
  • The Shortage Permit (up to .5 FTE when no qualified candidate is available, valid for a single academic year)
  • The Expert Substitute Permit (for subject matter experts without a teaching certificate, valid for a single academic year)
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What's In a Name? American Indian Mascots and Schools

Written by Kevin Sutton, Attorney and Partner at Lusk Albertson PLC

October in America. Friday night, watch the Cleveland Indians in an MLB playoff game. On Saturday, see the CMU Chippewas battle on the college football gridiron. On Sunday afternoon, catch the Washington Redskins fight for reign in the NFL.

American Indian symbols are pervasive in our society, particularly as mascots for schools and athletic teams. And while many schools and professional teams have attempted to minimize the imagery associated with the use of such mascots – see, for example, the Cleveland Indians deliberate move away from the prominent use of "Chief Wahoo" on their uniforms – the names and the mascots for these teams and schools largely remain.'s picture

#MASSPchat - Resource Share

I thought we would change it up this week by trying a resource share. Each day this week, I will post a question asking for people to share a link to a book, YouTube video, article or self-created document related to a particular topic. This will be a great way to share resources and create a repository on popular topics!

This Week's Questions: (one posted each day)

  • Q1 (Monday): What is a "go to" resource you access for information on student mental health issues? Book, article, website, etc #masspchat
  • Q2 (Tuesday): Q2: Please share a resource that you have used with your teachers at a staff meeting or as part of on-going PD (book, video, article, etc). #masspchat