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Good morning!

Good news: It's May and we're in the homestretch for the 2020-21 school year!

Like all of your districts, we need to review our guiding documents every few years. That being said, we will soon be reviewing the MASA Constitution and are looking for member volunteers interested in serving on the committee. If you are interested in being a part of the conversation for proposed changes to MASA's Constitution, please fill out this interest form no later than next Friday, May 14 at noon. (NOTE: Once the committee has completed the initial review, the proposed amendments will be shared with MASA members for review and a vote of approval.)

Just a friendly reminder, although I'm sure you already know, this week (May 3-7) is national Teacher Appreciation Week! Be sure to take this opportunity to share with your team just how much they are appreciated! We want to know about it, so if you're posting to social media be sure to tag @MASAsupts and use the state and national hashtags: #ThankATeacher and #MIteachAppreesh. 

A huge thank you to you and your team for all of your continued hard work. It's not easy to be a leader in the best of times...and these past 14 months sure have been turbulent (that's putting it mildly). However, the hope is that we are on the upswing and that we've learned much about ourselves and those we serve, which we can use to improve outcomes for students and our districts moving forward. Hang in there!

Finally, to those of you with items on the ballot tomorrow – good luck!

As always, take care and let us know how we can help!

Dr. Tina Kerr
Executive Director, MASA

Supplemental Budget Updates

ICYMI in Friday's Legislative Update, budgets have started moving in both the House and the Senate. Our Government Relations team is working on a more thorough analysis of the details, but below is a summary of where the bills stand as of right now.


On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee made changes to their supplemental proposal. HB 4421 allocates a combination of the federal COVID relief dollars from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). 

On a positive note, the H-2 version of the bill removed the tie-bar to HB 4082. As we updated you last week, the introduced bill tied most of the funding in the supplemental to the Governor’s signature of HB 4082, a bill that limits the amount the State Administrative Board can transfer to $200,000. We are pleased to see the removal of this tie-bar. 

The House did, however, add a 20-hour in-person instruction requirement for districts in order to receive a per-pupil equalization payment. In Sec 11 r(10), the House proposes a per-pupil equalization payment for districts that receive less than $1,093 per pupil through the ESSER III formula grant. Equalization payments equal the district's pupil membership multiplied by the difference between $1,093 and the district's ESSER III formula payment per pupil. For districts that have an ESSER III award that qualifies for an equalization payment, they must offer at least 20 hours of in-person instruction for a 5-day school week by May 10. Again, to be clear, this in-person offer requirement is only for those districts who qualify for an equalization payment. 


In the other chamber, the Senate also made changes to their version of the supplemental SB 216. An important point of clarification is that the Senate is only appropriating dollars from ESSER II and does not include funding from the American Rescue Plan. 

On Wednesday, the Senate reported their supplemental bill from committee. Major changes included a revision of the summer school programing requirements to now require at least 30 hours of research-based or innovative learning geared toward the children in the program. You may be familiar with the previous requirement in the bill that summer school be an eight-week, in person program – both provisions were removed. 

We were successful in lobbying for another revision in the bill that allows school of choice students to be eligible for summer programs. 

The Committee also adopted an amendment proposed by Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) that states the requirement for 20 hours of in-person instruction for the ESSER II equalization payment does not apply to districts whose boards of education adopted or adopts a public health order closing schools for public health reasons to protect public health or to any district that closed or closes schools due to a local public health order. 

MI Vacc to Normal Challenge

As you know, last week the governor announced the MI Vacc to Normal Challenge, a plan to guide the easing of gathering restrictions and face mask requirements tied to the vaccination rates of Michiganders. MASA emailed a written summary of the plan to members. In case you missed it, you can view the details here.

Open One-Year Seat on MASA Executive Board

Don't forget – there is an opening for a one-year Director position to complete Dr. Brian Davis' term on the MASA Executive Board for the 2021-22 school year. Superintendents interested in serving in this role are asked to complete this interest form no later than this Friday, May 7, at noon. The Executive Board will review the submission of each interested individual and vote on an appointment.

School Administrators Must Hold Certification/Permit 

It’s interview season! For educators seeking positions and those hiring, it's important to remember that state law requires many school administrators to hold a Michigan School Administrator Certificate or Permit before employment.  

School Administrators who are "grand-parented" must obtain an Experience-Based School Administrator Certificate. All others have six months to begin, and three years to complete, an approved program leading to School Administrator certification (like MASA's Horizon Leadership Academy). For more information review MDE's November 2019 memo

MDE is also reminding educators to check-in on certificate renewal, particularly for those with certificates expiring June 30, 2021. Valid certification is required for placement in Michigan’s K-12 schools. Please review all certificate expiration dates to ensure that there is no lapse in certification. Educators facing an unavoidable lapse in certification should consult with the employing school district to discuss staffing and substitute permit options. Educators should access the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) at least annually to maintain updated contact information and review Education-Related Professional Learning totals.  

MDE Memos

MEMO #COVID-19-184

Opportunity to Address Special Education Critical Teacher Shortages
In response to the state’s ongoing critical shortage of special education teachers, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is providing intermediate school districts (ISDs) and local education agencies (LEAs), both traditional public school districts and public school academies (PSAs), flexibility regarding appropriately certified and endorsed special education teachers in specific special education programs. The flexibility is available through a waiver application.

MEMO #COVID-19-185

Child Nutrition Program Meals Through June 30, 2022
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended nationwide waivers for specific requirements to help schools and other child nutrition program sponsors continue to provide meals to children and to maintain accountability during the summer of 2021 and through the 2021-2022 school year.

MEMO #040-21

2020-21 35a(5) Additional Instructional Time Grant Reporting Requirement
Section 35a(6) of Public Act (P.A.) 165 of 2020 requires any local education agency (LEA), both traditional public school districts and public school academies (PSAs), receiving Section 35a(5) Additional Instructional Time grant funds to submit the early reading deficiency (ERD) report annually to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).

Virtual Women of Aerospace Event for Students

Do you have female students interested in STEM and/or aerospace field? The Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan and FIRST in Michigan are inviting students, recent graduates, and parents to a free Virtual Women in Aerospace Event on May 15, from 8:45 a.m. to noon. Professional women from NASA and Michigan’s aerospace industry will share their journey that led them to some of the most exciting careers in the universe…literally! Space is limited so do not miss out on this free virtual event!

"Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one's superiors; care for one's crew."

— Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
The following are learning opportunities that you might want to consider attending. (NOTE: All events are currently virtual.) Click the links below to register and reserve your spot:
  • So, You Want to Be A Superintendent? Calling All Aspiring School District Leaders – this Wednesday, May 5
  • New Superintendents Leadership Academy: Equity in Teaching and Learning – May 12
  • New Superintendents Leadership Academy: Communications and Expectations – May 13
  • School ADvance Board Training Part 2 May 19
  • Emergency Operation Plans and What COVID-19 Has Taught Us! – June 2

We're planning ahead, so you can too! Be on the lookout for our
2021-22 professional development schedule coming soon!
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