Weekly Update - March 21, 2012
|March 21, 2012|
Good Things Happening in Our Schools:
Arbor Academy students send Flat Stanley around the world
Lesa Hecht’s first grade class at Arbor Academy in Battle Creek have been learning even more about geography through the travels of Flat Stanley, a paper doll from the book Flat Stanley. In early February Hecht read the story to her class during free moments and while students ate lunch. She then wrote letters to more than 100 people around the world and the students colored their own Flat Stanley’s. The paper dolls were then sent out and the students eagerly waited to hear the stories of his adventures. Soon they began to receive responses from the many people they sent to including, President Obama, TV star Miranda Cosgrove and many others from around the United States. “This project has turned into such an amazing learning experience,” Hecht said. “I didn't think it would be as big as it is; but my students continue to be curious and want to continue learning about everywhere he's traveled. We are excited to get more Stanley's and learn about the many places he's visited.”
Click here to read more from the Battle Creek Enquirer.
Arbor Academy is managed by Foundation for Behavioral Resources and authorized by Grand Valley State University.
Please submit any announcements, news or event information for MAPSA's "Good Things Happening in Our Schools" feature to Breanna Cope at email@example.com.
Understanding the “Mitten Icon”
Beginning with agreements that are entered into or renewed after March 28, 2012, if a PSA’s board of directors enters into or renews a management agreement with an educational management organization to carry out the operations of the PSA, the agreement must require the organization to annually report to the board all of the information that a school district is required to disclose under Section 18(2) of the State School Aid Act (“mitten icon”), for the most recent school fiscal year that the information is available. The agreement also must require the board to make all of this information available through a link on the PSA’s website’s homepage, as prescribed by the Department within 30 days after receiving it.
Section 18(2) of the State School Aid Act requires a district to disclose:
Its annual operating budget and subsequent budget revisions;
A summary of district expenditures;
The total salary and fringe benefits for the superintendent and for each employee whose salary exceeds $100,000;
The annual amounts spent on dues paid to associations and on lobbying; and links to collective bargaining agreements, health care benefits plans offered to employees, the most recent audit report, and the bids required under the Public Employee Health Benefits Act.
Section 18 does not require traditional schools to report all contracted services individually.
Legally, it is unlikely that there are any significant additional requirements placed upon charter schools by this requirement. However, some believe that since all the information that is in question for the “mitten icon” is subject to FOIA, schools may want to disclose it on the icon in a substantially similar manner as traditional schools do for a number of reasons. The biggest reason is perception, especially the perception that a school is hiding something. Unions looking to organize the school can exploit that perception. Putting the information out before a request is submitted allows the schools to control the information and create footnotes in the charters to explain the difference between how charters report such spending and how traditional schools report it.
Please contact Alicia Urbain, Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vote Now! What is a Charter School?
The top ten “Six-Word Essays” have been posted on our Facebook page. Visit facebook.com/MICharterSchools to vote for your favorite. The winner will be announced Friday, March 23 at 12:00 p.m.
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Last chance! Recruit your staff!
Register now for the 2012 Michigan Charter Public Schools Job Fair and recruit your staff for the 2012 – 2013 school year! Don’t miss the opportunity to meet & greet with hundreds of candidates from across the state. Through our marketing efforts we ensure a diverse group of candidates that will be educated by us on the charter movement. 2011 participating organizations endorsed the job fair with a 100% satisfaction rating. Visit charterschools.org/jobfair for more information and to register today!
2012 Michigan Charter Public Schools Job Fair
April 28, 2012
Suburban Collection Showplace
Registration Deadline: March 23, 2012
Speak up and stay involved!
Your state legislator will be in your area and available to you. Don’t miss out on your chance to speak up now and impact education in your community.
Rep. Barb Byrum
805 Highview Drive
Rep. Rudy Hobbs
Field Zone Youth Center at the Southfield Municipal Complex
26000 Evergreen Road
Rep. Sean McCann
March 23 & 30
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
315 North Burdick Ave.
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