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February 10, 2021 at 9:30 AM - MASA/MAISA GRPC

Agenda
I. Welcome and Orientation
II. Approval of Minutes
II.A. 1-13-21 Meeting Minutes
Attachments: (1)
II.B. 12-9-20 Meeting Minutes
Attachments: (1)
III. Association Updates
III.A. MAISA Update
Presenter:  Dr. William Miller
III.B. MASA Update
Presenter:  Dr. Tina Kerr
IV. Consent Agenda
Presenter:  Peter Spadafore
Description:  Consolidated motion on recomended positions on legislation.
IV.A. SB 20 (Zorn) Sinking Funds 
Description:  Expands the allowable uses of sinking fund dollars to include the purchase of buses.

Recommended Position: Support
IV.B. SB 22 (Runestad) November Millage Elections
Description: 

Requires that any new or renewed mileage proposal be put before votes on the November ballot.

Recommended Position: Oppose

IV.C. WorkKeys 
IV.C.1. HB 4037 (Hornberger) WorkKeys as a Condition of state funding 
Description: 

Removes the requirement that districts must administer an assessment to assess a pupil’s ability to apply reading and math skills in a manner that is intended to allow employers to use the results in making employment decisions as a condition of state funding. The bill would stipulate that a board of a district may provide pupils with an opportunity to take an assessment. This legislation is referring to the WorkKeys assessment. 

Recommended Position: Support
IV.C.2. HB 4038 (Reilly) WorkKeys Optional 
Description: 

Removes the requirement that MDE administers an assessment to assess a pupil’s ability to apply reading and math skills in a manner that is intended to allow employers to use the results in making employment decisions. A school district may offer the assessment, and the legislature shall appropriate funds to reimburse districts that offer the assessment. MDE is required to report to the legislature how many districts offered the test and how many pupils took the test annually. This legislation is referring to the WorkKeys assessment.  


Recommended Position: Support
IV.D. HB 4042 (Stone) M-STEP
Description: 

Removes the requirement for the 2020-21 school year so that districts are not required to administer the M-STEP in order to receive state aid.  

Recommended Position: Support

IV.E. HB 4074 (Brann) Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Description: 

Encourages school boards to ensure that a district’s social studies curriculum for grades 9 to 12 includes a program of instruction in free enterprise and entrepreneurship. The bill outlines requirements for the instruction.

Recommended Position: Support as Introduced 

IV.F. SB 107 (MacDonald) Opioid Dangers Video 
Description: 

Requires by February 1, 2022 that the department develops or adopts and make available an instructional video regarding the dangers of prescription opioid drug abuse. By the 2022-23 school year, boards shall ensure that the video is implemented in grade 9 health education curriculum.

Recommended Position: Support

IV.G. HB 4156 (Brabec) Minimum Number of Counselors
Description: 

Requires a district to employ or contract at least 1 school counselor for every 450 pupils enrolled in the school district, ISD or public school academy. The counselor must meet the qualifications outlined in MCL 380.1233(2).

Recommended Postion: 

IV.H. Evaluations
IV.H.1. SB 56 & SB 57 (Horn) Evaluations 
Description: 

Modifies performance evaluation systems for public school teachers and school administrators. The legislation would remove the required that student growth data to be used in evaluations. Further, this change would allow local districts to include data if they choose to do so. 

Recommended Position: Support

IV.H.2. HB 4032 (Kahle) Evaluations 
Description:  Reduces the student growth component of teacher and administrator evaluations from 40% to 25%.

Recommended Position: Support
V. Action Items
V.A. SB 46 (Nesbitt)  Rural Broadband Incentive
Presenter:  Peter Spadafore
Description: 

Exempts eligible broadband equipment from property tax. Under the bill, any equipment acquired by a qualified business that is used for or is substantially related to providing broadband service in at least one direction, or was first installed or used by the qualified business after December 31, 2020, and has been used by the qualified business for not more than 10 years.

According to the Senate Fiscal Agency, the bill would impact growth in personal property taxes for local communities and schools and those same communities and schools would lose revenue when new equipment replaced currently taxed equipment. Any revenue reduction at the district level is made up by the School Aid Fund to keep that district at its specified per-pupil allowance, which means the entire state sees a reduction in funds available as those districts are made whole.

Recommended Position: Oppose

V.B. SB 102 (Ananich) Lunch Shaming
Presenter:  Athena Antonis
Description: 

All school meal programs must adhere to the nutritional standards prescribed under the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Richard. B. Russell National School Lunch Act. 

A board of a district shall not publicly identify or stigmatize a student who cannot pay for a meal or who owes meal debt by requiring a student to wear a wristband, handstamp, or any other means. Students that cannot pay for a meal or owes meal debt cannot be required to perform chores or other work to pay for meals. 

The board of a school district shall not communicate directly with a pupil about meal debt unless they are unsuccessful in contacting a pupil's parent or legal guardian. The board must contact a parent or a legal guardian by calling, emailing, and mailing a letter to the contact information in the school's records. If the board is unsuccessful in getting ahold of the parent or legal guardian they are permitted to speak to a student about their school-meal debt only outside of the presence of other pupils. 

If a pupil’s meal account reaches a negative balance, the board of a school district shall notify the parent or legal guardian in writing no later than 7 days after the account reaches a negative balance. The board must also provide information regarding free or reduced price meals and free milk, including the eligibility standards. 

The board of a school district shall not require a pupil or parent to pay the fees or costs of a collection agency hired to collect meal debt. The board shall provide a US Department of Agriculture reimbursable meal to a pupil that requests one unless the parent or legal guardian has provided specific, written permission to withhold a meal. 

The board of a school district may accept philanthropic funds to pay for school-meal debt. 

Recommended Position: Support with Amendments 

VI. Discussion Items
VI.A. UIA Fraud
Presenter:  Group
VI.B. House & Senate GOP Supplementals
Presenter:  Peter & Athena
VI.C. Sports
Presenter:  Group
VI.D. Board Meetings
Presenter:  Peter Spadafore
VI.E. HB 4049 (Hornberger) Local Decisions 
Presenter:  Peter & Athena
Description: 

Restricts the director of the Department of Health and Human Services from closing a public or nonpublic school to in-person instruction or prohibiting a qualified sporting event during an epidemic involving coronavirus. The bill would permit a local health officer to close a public or nonpublic school to in-person instruction or prohibit a qualified sporting event if certain criteria are met. 

VII. Adjournment
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