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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

State Superintendent Brian Whiston passed away Monday after a battle with cancer, a loss that MASSP and many others in the education community are mourning and one that could have significant implications in terms of state education policy, as the ink is still wet on many of the reforms implemented under his leadership. The House Law and Justice Committee continued it's two-meeting-per-week schedule on Tuesday and Wednesday, taking up the Senate's version of legislation introduced in response to the Nassar sexual abuse case.

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Proposed Sexual Abuse Legislation Has K-12 Implications

In the last few months, both the House and Senate have been working on legislation dealing with sexual assault and sexual abuse. Some of these bills are a direct response to the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case while others are ideas that have been around a while, but are just now receiving consideration in light of recent events. Regardless of their origin, bills in both the Senate and House bill packages have implications for K-12 education and some would have direct impacts at the building level.'s picture

Important College Board and PSAT Info at EdCon

In the January 25, 2018 edition of MDE's Spotlight on Assessment newsletter, the Department announced that PSAT 8/9 would replace the 8th grade M-STEP for ELA and Math, beginning next year. (There will still be M-STEP for Social Studies and Science.) This is a significant shift, and many Middle Level principals are unaware of this change and how it will impact them next school year.'s picture

MASSP Statement on the Passing of State Superintendent Brian Whiston

MASSP members are mourning the loss of State Superintendent Brian Whiston who passed away Monday evening following a battle with cancer.

"Principals could always count on Superintendent Whiston to listen, understand the issues facing them and to help solve problems. He was a champion for students and public education, as well as a great friend." – Wendy Zdeb, Executive Director, MASSP

“I would like to share my support for Superintendent Whiston's family and friends. This is a tremendous loss for our schools and our state. He will be missed." – Jim French, Principal, Portage Northern High School and President, MASSP Board of Directors

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Member Spotlight: Nicole Carter

We want to share good news about education! MASSP is turning the spotlight on members who are making an impact in their school, district and community. Spotlighted members exemplify the mission of the MASSP: To advance learning through educational leadership.

Nicole Carter, Principal, Novi High School

How long have you worked in education?
19 years

How long have you been an administrator?
4 years