The Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) is pleased to congratulate Tammy Jackson as its newly elected President. Jackson is currently the Principal at East Jordan High School and will serve at the helm of the 1,500-member organization for the 2014-15 school year.
For those who were able to join us at EdCon this year, you know that MASSP had the chance to recognize the work of two important legislative partners: State Representatives Margaret O'Brien (R-Portage) and Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor). Representatives O'Brien and Zemke received the 2014 MASSP Presidential Service Award for their work on educator evaluation legislation to put in place a nation-leading, research-based educator evaluation system that would include high-quality training for evaluators and supports for struggling educators to help them improve.
Provided by The Master Teacher; Written by Nancy Blade
You find them prowling about at all times of the day and night, climbing around roofs to calibrate air conditioning units or crawling under desks to switch off power strips. Determined and resourceful, district energy managers find concrete ways to reduce energy consumption. Discrete but unwavering, they expect teachers to change routines and develop new habits, like turning off lights when leaving their classrooms.
Despite the legislature being on summer break, plenty of politics still happened this past week. Governor Snyder signed the K-12 budget as well as a pair of MMC bills. The signature on the budget did not include any vetoes and thus locks in the new assessment language passed by the legislature as well as funding for educator evaluations and changes to the online learning requirements under section 21f.
The 2014-15 School Aid Fund budget makes changes to the section 21f online learning language. Among other things, the revised requirement limits the grades in which students can enroll, expressly allows schools to establish enrollment deadlines, and changes the cap on how much schools are responsible to pay.