Monday, March 30, 2009
"I'm disappointed that some of our legislators and school officials could not see the broader benefits for Michigan's future that this legislation would have brought," said MEA President Iris K. Salters in the release. "We are especially grateful that the bipartisan supporters of this legislation pushed through the obstacles their leadership created and put Michigan students before politics."
Monday, March 16, 2009
Public school districts will be receiving Federal Stimulus Money in the near future. The major share of these funds will be categorized as “Stabilization Funding.” According to the Senate Fiscal Agency the stabilization funding is specifically meant to prevent layoffs. School districts are obligated to spend the money on services, contracts, or other transactions. This money is not meant to be placed in a school district’s general fund balance or “rainy day fund.”
The Senate Fiscal Agency estimates school districts in the 15-B Coordinating Council shall receive the following amount of “Stabilization Funding.”:
Cadillac $2,212,521 Per Pupil $492
Manton $752,547 Per Pupil $511
Mesick $945,921 Per Pupil $828
Evart $1,284,326 Per Pupil $814
Marion $1,026,494 Per Pupil $1,179
Pine River $1,255,319 Per Pupil $709
McBain $860,515 Per Pupil $572
Forest Area $839,566 Per Pupil $760
Wexford/Missaukee ISD will receive $2,344,934 in Special Education Funding.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Here in Northern Michigan, where many families are now faced with a severe economic crisis, more and more students are losing their homes to foreclosure and job loss, which often also results in loss of medical care, lack of nutritious food, and enormous emotional stress. To expect these children to be able to fully concentrate and succeed in school is absurd.
Solving the problems of poverty and homelessness will take involvement from the entire community. We must address these out of school factors if we are to close the achievement gap and significantly impact student learning. We urge every Michigander to join us and work toward making sure our students have the safety and security they need to achieve their full potential and be prepared for the jobs Michigan needs.
Berliner study available at www.greatlakescenter.org.
Monday, March 9, 2009
If your district has not applied for this money, you might ask them to.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Lake City $1,195,696
Pine River $1,255,319
WM ISD $2,344,934
Forest Area $839,566
The answer to the most ask question is; Yes you can use a large share of this money for general operations, including salaries.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The proposed Michigan School Accreditation System (MI-SAS) would replace Education YES!, an accreditation system used since 2002. The MI-SAS is expected to be used in the 2009-10 school year.
Public input is need by March 6, 2009
Please read information at http://www.mea.org/ and let the Michigan Department of Education know what you think about the proposal. The deadline for public input is March 6.
Monday, March 2, 2009
"School districts receiving stabilization funds may use the funds for general support, as well as for any activities authorized under ESEA, IDEA, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, and for school modernization, renovation, and repair of public school facilities (including charter schools), which may include modernization, renovation, and repairs consistent with a recognized green building rating system. "
Administrators who say that the stabilization money can't be used for compensation can be directed to the NSBA site.
Here is a link. This document is called "AARA Preliminary Information for School Districts" and you can find it under "Resources."