Michigan State Board of Education for February 12, 2019 – Afternoon Session


>>GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. THE TIME IS NOW 1:45 AND A QUORUM OF THE BOARD IS PRESENT. THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING OF 2/12/2019 IS CALLED TO ORDER. NOW, ARE THERE ANY INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL WISH TO ADDRESS THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION THIS AFTERNOON?>>YES. I HAVE FOUR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION FORMS. AND SO YOU’LL BE ALLOTTED FIVE MINUTES TO ADDRESS THE BOARD, YOU JUST COME TO THE END OF THE TABLE HERE IF YOU HAVE HANDOUTS, YOU CAN GIVE IT TO THE PERSON CLOSEST TO YOU, SEATED AT THE TABLE, AND THEY WILL BE HAPPY TO PASS THEM AROUND THE TABLE. I WILL TELL YOU WHO IS THE FIRST PERSON TO SPEAK AND WHO IS NEXT ON DECK, AND I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND YOU THAT IT IS THE BOARD’S PRACTICE TO NOT RESPOND TO PUBLIC COMMENTS. THEY MAY HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH YOU LATER, BUT THEY ARE CERTAINLY HAPPY TO HEAR WHATEVER IT IS YOU HAVE COME TO SAY. SO, THE FIRST PRESENTER IS REUBEN MARTINEZ, FOLLOWED BY JUAN PARANADO. AND YOU CAN MONITOR THE TIME RIGHT HERE. AND WE ARE READY WHENEVER YOU ARE.>>PRESIDENT ULBRICH, SUPERINTENDENT ALLES, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, ESTEEMED GUESTS, I’M DR. RUBEN MARTINEZ. I AM FROM EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN, 1077 WHITTIER DRIVE. AND I’M HERE AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF MI ALMA. MI ALMA IS A STATEWIDE ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION ON BEHALF OF SPANISH SPEAKING PEOPLE. LET ME START OUT FIRST BY CONGRATULATING YOU ON YOUR INITIATIVE, TOP 10 IN 10. IT IS LAUDABLE AND AMBITIOUS, AND I’M SURE YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE REPORT THAT CAME OUT FROM MSU RECENTLY THAT PLACES MICHIGAN AT THE BOTTOM OF 50 STATES IN TERMS OF FUNDING GROWTH FOR EDUCATION, SO I HOPE FOR THE SAKE OF YOUTHS HERE IN MICHIGAN THAT YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL IN THAT INITIATIVE. I’M HERE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT EXITO EDUCATIVO. EXITO EDUCATIVO IS A HALFWAY TO COLLEGE FOR SPANISH-SPEAKING FAMILIES. IT WAS DESIGNED BY MEMBERS OF SCHOOL BOARDS, STUDENTS AT MSU, COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND OTHERS. IT TOOK US A YEAR TO DESIGN IT AND IT’S BASICALLY BASED ON ONE SIMPLE PREMISE AND THAT IS EVERYONE ELSE IS NOT LIKE US. I TEND TO SUFFER FROM INFORMATION OVERLOAD, THESE FAMILIES SUFFER FROM INFORMATION POVERTY. AND THE RESULT IS INFORMATION IS NOT GETTING OUT TO THESE FAMILIES IN THE WAY THAT THEY SHOULD BE RECEIVING IT. IT IS ALWAYS SCATTERED HERE OR THERE AND EVERYWHERE, AND SO WHAT WE DECIDED TO DO WAS TO PUT TOGETHER A COHESIVE PROGRAM THAT THROUGH SIX MODULES WILL PRESENT THE INFORMATION THAT IS NEEDED BY THESE FAMILIES. IT REQUIRES THAT A PARENT AND THE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PARTICIPATE, THAT THEY PARTICIPATE IN ALL OF THE SIX MODULES. THEY SIGN A LETTER OF COMMITMENT TO DO THAT. YOU WILL SEE MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE PROGRAM IN THE HANDOUTS THAT I HAVE GIVEN YOU, BUT BASICALLY WHAT WE SEEK TO DO IS WE SEEK TO BUILD FAMILY CAPITAL. AND IF WE ARE SUCCESSFUL WITH THAT, WHICH WE KNOW WE ARE, WHEN THE YOUTHS GET OUT OF COLLEGE, THEN WE’RE BUILDING COMMUNITY CAPITAL. LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXEMPLARY QUOTE THAT WAS GIVEN BY ONE OF THE PARENTS, A WOMAN WHO HAD JUST COMPLETED THE PROJECT WITH HER DAUGHTER, AND SHE CAME TO ME AFTERWARDS AND SAID THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL OF THIS INFORMATION, NOW NOT ONLY CAN I HELP THE YOUNG LADY THAT IS WITH ME HERE, BUT I CAN HELP THE THREE AT HOME. SO I THINK THAT’S WHAT I MEAN BY BUILDING FAMILY CAPITAL. WE’RE EMPOWERING THESE FAMILIES TO HAVE THE INFORMATION THAT IS NECESSARY FOR THEM TO KNOW HOW TO SUPPORT THEIR YOUTHS IN THE HIGH SCHOOLS, HOW TO MAKE THE TRANSITION, AND WE GIVE THEM THE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO GO ABOUT SELECTING THE INSTITUTION OF THEIR CHOICE AND HOW TO GET THE FINANCIAL AID THAT THEY NEED. ONE OF THE BIGGEST BARRIERS IS THAT THESE FAMILIES– THE YOUTH BELIEVE– WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE, BUT THEY BELIEVE THEY CANNOT BECAUSE THEIR FAMILY DOESN’T HAVE THE MONEY TO SUPPORT THEM. WHAT WE DO IS WE LET THEM KNOW THERE IS TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF INFORMATION OUT THERE, THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF DOLLARS AND FUNDS THAT GO UNSPENT, ACTUALLY, BECAUSE NOT ENOUGH STUDENTS ARE ASKING FOR IT. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE THE PROGRAM HERE IN LANSING, WE HAVE IT IN TWO SITES IN WYOMING. WE HAVE IT AT LAURENCE. WE HAVE TRAINED FACILITATORS AND PEOPLE WHO NEED THESE. OUR CERTIFIED FACILITATORS WERE TRAINED TWO DAYS BY MYSELF AND DR. CORONADO. WE HAVE TWO OF THEM TRAINED IN E-COURSE, WE’RE GETTING OFF THE GROUND OVER THERE. WE HAVE TWO TRAINED IN KALAMAZOO, A COUPLE IN MUSKEGON, AND WE’RE WORKING WITH FOLKS OVER IN SAGINAW TO GET IN A MENTOR OVER THERE. SO OUR AIM IS GO TO STATEWIDE, BUT WE HAVE THIS PROBLEM. WE’RE GROWING FAST AND WE DON’T HAVE THE RESOURCES TO BE ABLE TO MEET THAT, AND THEY TELL ME THAT’S A GREAT PROBLEM, BUT YOU KNOW, IT’S A PROBLEM NONETHELESS. SO YES, WE’D LIKE TO GROW, AND WE WANT TO BRING IT TO YOUR ATTENTION AND ASK YOU TO HELP US MEET THE NEEDS OF THESE FAMILIES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR ATTENTION THIS AFTERNOON. DR. CORONADO WILL TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE SPECIFIC EFFECTS THAT THE PROGRAM HAS HAD ON THE FAMILIES, AND HE IS BASICALLY THE LEAD PERSON HERE IN LANSING. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH CAPITAL AREA COLLEGE ACCESS NETWORK, AND WE’RE LOOKING TO WORK WITH MICHIGAN COLLEGE ACCESS NETWORK THROUGHOUT THE STATE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>HELLO?>>HI, LUPE, WE’RE JUST GOING TO HEAR SOME MORE PUBLIC COMMENT IN A MINUTE HERE.>>OKAY. THANK YOU.>>UH-HUH.>>AND THIS IS JUAN CORONADO, AND JUAN WILL BE FOLLOWED BY MEGAN SHALLOW.>>HELLO, GOOD AFTERNOON, DISTINGUISHED BOARD. I AM DR. JUAN CORONADO. I ALSO REPRESENT MI ALMA, I HAVE BEEN CO-LEADING THE PROGRAM EXITO EDUCATIVO HERE IN THE LANSING AREA. WE HAVE BEEN TRAINING FOLKS ACROSS THE STATE, AND WE’RE SERVICING WORKING MICHIGAN FAMILIES WHO ARE SEEKING A BETTER PATH FOR THEIR STUDENTS. EVERYTHING THAT ALL MICHIGANDERS WANT. OUR FAMILIES ARE WORKING FAMILIES. MANY OF THEM CAME THROUGH THE EDUCATION SYSTEM HERE IN MICHIGAN, SOME FROM OUT OF STATE, SOME FROM OUT OF COUNTRY, BUT THEY WANT WHAT EVERYONE WANTS FOR THEIR KIDS. AND OUR PROGRAM ADDRESSES THOSE ISSUES THEY HAVE. MANY OF THESE KIDS ARE GOING TO BE FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS. COLLEGE IS TOUGH FOR EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY FOR FOLKS WHO DON’T HAVE THAT CONVERSATION AROUND THE DINNER TABLE ON WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO BE, WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO STUDY. OUR PROGRAM REALLY TRIES TO CHANGE THE CULTURE. AND WE TRY TO MAKE EDUCATION PART OF THEIR DNA. AND WE KNOW THAT WILL IMPACT THE STATE. THERE’S AN IMPORTANT ARTICLE THIS PAST WEEK IN THE DETROIT FREE PRESS, MICHIGAN HAS SIX CITIES WORST TO LIVE IN THE NATION ACCORDING TO THAT ARTICLE. OUR PROGRAM DOES A LOT OF GOOD WORK IN BRIDGING THAT GAP. WE ALL HAVE THE SAME MOTIVATION TO MAKE MICHIGAN A BETTER AND– AND DESIRABLE PLACE FOR FOLKS, AND THIS PROGRAM ADDRESSES THAT. ALL RIGHT. OUR FAMILIES ARE WORKING FAMILIES. THEY COME HOME AFTER WORK, AND THEY DEDICATE SIX NIGHTS FOR THIS PROGRAM, AND WE SEE THE STUDENTS WHO GO THROUGH THE PROGRAM. WE’VE HAD RESULTS IN THE THREE YEARS THAT I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WHERE STUDENTS ARE NOT ONLY APPLYING BUT THEY ARE GETTING ADMITTED TO UNIVERSITIES HERE IN THE STATE AND ACROSS THE NATION, AND THIS PROGRAM IN A BILINGUAL, BICULTURAL MANNER, TIES FAMILIES INTO HIGHER EDUCATION. ALL RIGHT? AND LIKE MY COLLEAGUE DR. MARTINEZ SAID, WE HAVE GROWN ACROSS THE STATE, BUT WE KNOW THAT OTHER COMMUNITIES ARE NOT ONLY DESIRING THE PROGRAM, BUT ARE IN NEED OF THE PROGRAM, SO WE COME TO YOU THIS AFTERNOON WITH HOPES OF YOU HEARING US OUT, AND– AND CREATING A VENUE WHERE WE COULD DEFINITELY GROW-GROW THE PROGRAM. ALL RIGHT? THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.>>THANK YOU. MEGAN SHAVAN IS NEXT. FOLLOWED BY CHRIS VELASQUEZ. YES.>>HELLO, STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT ALLES, THANK YOU FOR HAVING US IN. I’M CHRIS VELASQUEZ, AND I’M GLOBAL MARKET DIRECTOR OF A POLYURETHANE BUSINESS WITH DOW. I LIVE IN MIDLAND, MICHIGAN. I ACTUALLY AM A HERITAGE DOW CORNING EMPLOYEE, SO IF THOSE WHO KNOW DOW CORNING DOW CHEMICAL, BUT I WAS ON OUR FOUNDATION FOR 8.5 YEARS, 3.5 YEARS AS PRESIDENT, AND OUR FOCUS IS ALWAYS STEM SO, HERE TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNOR’S MiSTEM ADVISORY COUNCIL. I’M CURRENTLY THE CO-CHAIR ALONG WITH JAY KULBERTIS WHO IS GOING TO JOIN US TODAY, BUT HE IS STUCK IN THE U.P. DUE TO THE SNOW STORM. SO HE IS THE EDUCATION CO-CHAIR, AND I’M THE BUSINESS CO-CHAIR. THAT’S KIND OF HOW WE’VE ORGANIZED OURSELVES TO LEAD THE STEM EFFORT. SO YOU HAVE SOME ITEMS COMING AROUND THAT WE’LL REFERENCE, BUT, AGAIN, IT’S MY PLEASURE TO BE HERE AFTER– WE HAVE BEEN ASSEMBLED FOR FOUR YEARS, WE WERE ESTABLISHED IN THE BUDGET UNDER SECTION 99. WE WERE FIRST ESTABLISHED IN OCTOBER OF ’15, WE CAME TOGETHER IN JANUARY OF ’16, WE’VE ISSUED FOUR REPORTS, SO OUR REPORT IS AVAILABLE ON DOT-GOV WEBSITE, UNDER MiSTEM. AND UNDER OUR RECOMMENDATIONS– ACTUALLY, TO COME BACK TO OUR STRATEGY, WE WERE ASKED TO DRIVE A STRATEGY FOR STEM TO IMPROVE STEM SUCCESS IN THE STATE AND WE CAME UP WITH FOUR PILLARS, FOUR CRITICAL PILLARS THAT WE ESTABLISHED FROM THE GET-GO. AND THOSE ARE CREATE A STEM CULTURE, A CULTURE OF STEM ACROSS THE STATE. EMPOWER STEM TEACHERS, BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT’S GOING TO DRIVE THE OUTCOME OF THIS. INTEGRATE BUSINESS AND EDUCATION, AND THAT’S ONE OF THE KEY REASONS WHY OUR 11-MEMBER COMMITTEE IS MADE UP OF BOTH BUSINESS AND EDUCATORS, AND THE EDUCATORS SPAN BETWEEN TEACHERS, SECOND– ELEMENTARY, SECONDARY, AND HIGHER EDUCATION, AS WELL AS SOME NON-PROFIT PROVIDERS. BUT THE IDEA IS TO BRING BUSINESS INTO THE LOOP TO TIE THESE EFFORTS TOGETHER. AND THE FOURTH PILLAR, THEN, IS TO ENSURE HIGH-QUALITY STEM EXPERIENCES. SO THERE IS A PORTION OF THE BUDGET THAT’S GRANTED OUT, AND WE ACTUALLY CAME IN AND HELPED PUT SOME REQUIREMENTS THAT STANDARDIZED THAT AND BROUGHT THE FUNDS INTO ONE, SO THERE WAS ALIGNMENT WITH WHAT THE STATES 10 IN 10 AND OTHER ELEMENTS HERE AT MDE WERE TRYING TO DO ALONG WITH A FAIR AND BALANCED WAY TO EVALUATE THE PROGRAMS TO MOVE STEM IN THE STATE. OUR REPORT HAS MANY RECOMMENDATIONS, THE CORE THIS YEAR, I’M GOING TO LIST THOSE FIVE, AND WE THINK IT ALIGNS WELL WITH WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO DO, AND WITH WHAT MDE IS TRYING TO DO, AND THOSE ARE SUPPORT A STATE-FUNDED COORDINATED EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO BUILD STEM AWARENESS AND COMMUNICATE NEEDS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL STAKEHOLDERS. SO WE KNOW WE’RE AT A DEFICIT OF STEM GRADUATES TO HELP FILL THE NEEDS OF OPEN JOBS, AND WE KNOW THAT STEM JOBS ARE THE KIND OF GOOD-PAYING JOBS THAT HELP GROW THE STATE, SO BUILDING THIS AWARENESS IS ONE OF THE KEY ELEMENTS. WE THINK WE NEED TO SPEND SOME MONEY TO GET THE MESSAGE OUT THERE. THE SECOND IS ANALYZE AND DESCRIBE THE STEM EDUCATOR TALENT PIPELINES. WE HAVE MULTIPLE EDUCATOR RECOMMENDATIONS, BUT THIS IS THE ONE WE HAVE RECOMMENDED THIS YEAR AS A CORE RECOMMENDATION. THE OTHER IS JUST SELECT AND IMPLEMENT METRICS TO EVALUATE MiSTEM NETWORK AND GRANT PROGRAMS. SO WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED THIS NEW GRANT PROGRAM IN WHAT WE’RE DOING, AND WE WANT TO COME BACK AND MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE MOVING THE NEEDLE SO WE HAVE THE PROPER METRICS TO TRACK WHAT IS BEING DONE AND HOW IT’S WORKING. THE OTHER IS ABOUT OUR COUNCIL ITSELF. SO, WE’RE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE IN GOVERNOR. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE INCLUDE A SEAT ON THE COUNSEL FOR THE GOVERNOR’S APPOINTEE TO KEEP THAT RELATIONSHIP, ALONG WITH THE FOUR LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVES THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE. SO SOME RECOMMENDATIONS AROUND THAT. AND THE LAST, THEN, IS INCREASING AND REALLOCATING STEM FUNDING, SO THAT WE KEEP THAT FUNDING TO DRIVE OUR STEM PROGRESS IN THE STATE. AND WITH THAT I’LL TURN IT OVER TO MEGAN.>>DO I GET ANOTHER FIVE MINUTES?>>DID SHE GET MY 44? I WILL INTRODUCE MEGAN.>>THERE YOU GO, THERE YOU GO.>>MEGAN IS OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MiSTEM NETWORK, AND THAT’S THE PRIMARY ELEMENT THAT WE’VE ACTUALLY IMPLEMENTED OVER THE LAST YEAR WAS ESTABLISHING THIS MiSTEM 16 REGIONS, AND WE LET THE STATE SELF SELECT AND PROPOSE THAT SO WE HAD NATURAL GROUPS COME TOGETHER BECAUSE THERE ARE DIFFERENT STEM NEEDS IN EACH REGION, AND WE KNEW WE NEEDED A DIRECTOR AND WE HIRED HER AWAY FROM MDE, BUT SHE HAS BEEN DOING THE HEAVY LIFTING OF THIS JOB.>>THANK YOU, CHRIS. AND GOOD AFTERNOON, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD AND INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT ALLES. SO LIKE YOU MENTIONED, I WAS HIRED AWAY FROM MDE, BUT STILL WE’RE HERE TODAY IN ORDER TO EMPHASIZE AND THANK THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THE STATE BOARD FOR PROVIDING SUCH A COLLABORATIVE WORK ENVIRONMENT BETWEEN DEPARTMENT AND TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET AND THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IN ORDER MOVE THIS STATEWIDE STEM STRATEGY FORWARD. SO SOME OF THE PEOPLE ARE IN OUR ROOM WITH US TODAY, AND WENDY [ INDISTINCT ] HAS BEEN A KEY PARTNER, MICHELLE [ INDISTINCT ], MARTY [ INDISTINCT ], AMANDA [ INDISTINCT ], DR. BRIAN [ INDISTINCT ] AND STAFF, CHRISTY LOPEZ, RICHELLE [ INDISTINCT ], JILL GRIFFFIN, HARRY HEAD, AND RUTH ANN HODGES. AS THIS IS A CROSS-SECTOR INITIATIVE, THE STAFF FROM THE BUREAU LABOR MARKET INFORMATION IS STRATEGIC INITIATIVES, SPECIFICALLY JASON PALMER AND SCOTT POWELL, WHO HAVE ALSO JOINED US TODAY, HAVE CONTRIBUTED GREATLY TO BROADENING PERSPECTIVES ON TALENT AND ECONOMIC INDICATORS. THEY WILL SERVE TO GROW THE EFFORTS ACROSS THE FOUR PILLARS OF THE MiSTEM STATEWIDE STRATEGY INTO A FULL COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. WE COULD HAVE NOT GOTTEN TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY WITHOUT THEIR SUPPORT, SO THANK YOU FOR SHARING THEM. HOWEVER, LET ME WRAP UP OUR TIME HERE TODAY, REMINDING US ALL WHY WE DO THE WORK THAT WE DO. SO IF EVERYONE COULD INDULGE ME FOR A MOMENT AND JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES AND IMAGINE A STUDENT THAT IS CLOSE TO YOU, COULD BE YOUR OWN KIDS, MAYBE SOME GRANDKIDS, NEIGHBOR KIDS, NIECES OR NEPHEWS. REMEMBER THE SHEER JOY THAT THEY EXPERIENCE WHEN FIRST OBSERVING SOMETHING NEW LIKE A HUGE SPIDER BUILDING A WEB, OR WHEN THEY FINALLY MASTER A SKILL THEY HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR AGES, LIKE TAKING THEIR FIRST STEPS OR DRIVING A CAR, OR EVEN THE FACIAL EXPRESSIONS THEY MADE WHEN TRYING NEW FOODS, GOOD OR BAD. OKAY. OPEN YOUR EYES. SO WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT OR REMEMBER? DID IT BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE? DID YOU REMEMBER THE SENSE OF AWE, WONDER, ACCOMPLISHMENT, OR EMPOWERMENT THAT THOSE ACTIVITIES GREW IN THAT CHILD? THOSE ARE THE THOUGHTS THAT KEEP ME GOING DAY BY DAY, THAT THE STATEWIDE STEM STRATEGY IS DESIGNED TO LIFT UP IN OUR COMMUNITIES. THE TIME IS RIPE FOR COMMUNITY-BASED PARTNERSHIPS THAT GROW INVESTMENTS IN OUR PEOPLE AND PLACES. WE KNOW THE INSTRUCTIONAL MOVES THAT KEEP THIS SENSE OF WONDER AND JOY OF LEARNING PRESENT THROUGHOUT A PERSON’S LIFE, AND THE BEST PART IS THAT EDUCATORS AND COMMUNITIES THAT PROVIDE THOSE OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS EXPERIENCE GREAT SATISFACTION IN THE JOBS THEY DO AS WELL. THIS WORK WILL UNDOUBTEDLY SUPPORT THE TOP 10 IN 10 STRATEGIC GOALS OF PROVIDING EVERY CHILD ACCESS TO AN ALIGNED, HIGH QUALITY P-20 SYSTEM FROM EARLY CHILDHOOD TO POST-SECONDARY ATTAINMENT THROUGH A MULTI-STAKEHOLDER COLLABORATION WITH BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY, LABOR, AND HIGHER EDUCATION TO MAXIMIZE THAT LIFETIME LEARNING AND SUCCESS. IT WILL ALSO IMPLEMENT, WITH STRONG DISTRICT IN BUILDING LEADERSHIP, HIGH-QUALITY INSTRUCTION IN EVERY CLASSROOM, THROUGH A HIGHLY COHERENT CHILD-CENTRIC INSTRUCTIONAL MODEL WHERE STUDENTS MEET THEIR SELF-DETERMINED ACADEMIC AND PERSONAL GOALS TO THEIR HIGHEST POTENTIAL AND IT WILL DEVELOP, SUPPORT AND SUSTAIN THAT HIGH-QUALITY, PREPARED, AND COLLABORATIVE EDUCATION WORKFORCE. AGAIN, WE INVITE YOU FOR FURTHER CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THIS WORK, AND LOOK FORWARD TO A CONTINUED STRONG COLLABORATION WITH THE MDE. THIS WORK WILL UNDOUBTEDLY ENGAGE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY. BUT BEFORE WE LEAVE I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE A QUOTE FROM GLENN SEABORG, A CHEMIST THAT EMPHASIZES THE OPPORTUNITY THAT WE SEE IN STEM “THERE IS A BEAUTY IN DISCOVERY. THERE’S MATHEMATICS IN MUSIC, A KINSHIP OF SCIENCE AND POETRY IN THE DESCRIPTION OF NATURE, AND EXQUISITE FORM IN A MOLECULE. ATTEMPTS TO PLACE DIFFERENT DISCIPLINES IN DIFFERENT CAMPS ARE REVEALED AS ARTIFICIAL IN THE FACE OF THE UNITY OF KNOWLEDGE.” THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.>>I BELIEVE THAT CONCLUDES PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.>>THANK YOU, MARILYN, AND THANK YOU TO OUR CITIZENS WHO SPOKE TODAY. THE NEXT ITEM ON THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE AGENDA IS UPDATE FROM THE OFFICE OF PARTNERSHIP DISTRICTS. THE OFFICE OF PARTNERSHIP DISTRICTS WILL PROVIDE UPDATES ON THE REVIEW OF GOAL ATTAINMENT PROCESS, THE FOCUSED ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT TEAM, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE FAAS TEAM, WHO PROVIDE LIAISON SUPPORT TO DPSCD, AND ALSO IS LOCATED IN THE CADILLAC PLACE WITHIN THE CITY OF DETROIT, AND GIVE US AN UPDATE ON THE BENTON HARBOR AREA COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT. AND THIS IS A MONTHLY UPDATE AND DOES NOT REQUIRE ACTION ON THE PART OF THE BOARD. SO WELCOME TO BILL PEARSON, SCHOOL REFORM OFFICER AND DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF PARTNERSHIP DISTRICTS, AND TO DAN LaDUE, SUPERVISOR WITHIN THE OFFICE OF PARTNERSHIP DISTRICTS. AND WELCOME.>>THANK YOU. SO AS SHEILA SAID, WE HAVE THREE TOPICS WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT: THE REVIEW OF GOAL ATTAINMENT PROCESS, WHICH THE OFFICE AND OUR TEAM HAS WORKED DILIGENTLY. THIS PAST MONTH WE’VE CONDUCTED SIX OF THOSE, AS I’LL TALK ABOUT IN A MINUTE, AND THEN I’LL TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OUR FAAS TEAM MOVED TO CADILLAC. THAT’S FOCUSED ASSISTANCE SUPPORT TEAM THAT IS ACTUALLY IN DETROIT, GOING TO WORK WITH THE DETROIT SCHOOLS. AND AN UPDATE ON BENTON HARBOR’S COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT. SO THE 18-MONTH GOAL ATTAINMENT, THE MEETINGS ARE ONGOING. IN FACT, WE HAVE THREE MORE. OUR LAST ONE IS FEBRUARY 28TH. PUTS US RIGHT INTO MARCH. STRUCTURED CONFERENCES ARE DESIGNED FOR ALL PARTNERS TO ENGAGE IN A COLLABORATIVE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS. AND I NEED TO SAY THAT THE AFTERNOON PORTION WHEN WE GET INTO THE COLLABORATIVE DISCUSSION WITH THE DISTRICT HAS GONE VERY WELL, AND WE’VE HAD THE TEACHER PRESIDENT, OR THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE TEACHER PRESENT AT EACH ONE OF THESE, AND THEY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE CONVERSATION. AND ACTUALLY, THERE ARE A COUPLE OF DISTRICTS REALLY PROVIDING SOME GOOD INFORMATION FOR US AS WE MOVE FORWARD. AND THEN WE HAVE AN AGREED UPON ATTAINMENT AT THE END. SO SIX DISTRICTS COMPLETED. THE STATUS DETERMINATIONS, THEY’RE EITHER ON TRACK, OFF TRACK WITH PROGRESS, OR OFF TRACK WITH LIMITED PROGRESS. AND AFTER WE’RE DONE WITH THE 18-MONTH RGA, THEN THE LIAISON THAT’S ASSIGNED TO THAT DISTRICT WILL CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH THE DISTRICT AS WE GET READY FOR THIS 36-MONTH GOAL ATTAINMENT SUBMISSION THAT THEY WILL HAVE. AND THEN THAT WILL BE THE SUMMER OF 2020, WHICH WE WILL MAKE A DETERMINATION IF THERE’S A NEXT-LEVEL OF ACCOUNTABILITY OR IF THEY’RE OFF-TRACK. SO HERE ARE THE RESULTS OF THE 18 MONTH RGA CONFERENCES. LIKE I SAID, THERE WERE SIX DISTRICTS. THEY ARE LISTED UP THERE. THESE ARE THE NUMBER OF GOALS OR BENCHMARKS THAT THEY HAD LISTED IN THEIR PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT, AND THEN HOW MANY THAT THEY HAD ATTAINED, AND THEN THE STATUS THAT THEY’RE EITHER, LIKE I SAID, ON TRACK, OFF TRACK WITH PROGRESS, OR WITH LIMITED PROGRESS. SO WE HAVE TWO DISTRICTS THAT WILL HAVE A 24-MONTH REVIEW, BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT ON TRACK. AND WE HAVE FOUR SO FAR THAT ARE ON TRACK. WE’LL STILL HAVE LOTS OF WORK AND LOTS OF– YOU KNOW, SOME BARRIERS THAT WE STILL WANT TO TRY TO BREAK DOWN, AND THE LIAISONS WILL WORK WITH THOSE DISTRICTS. BUT THE TWO THAT ARE LISTED THERE WILL HAVE A 24-MONTH REVIEW, AND WE’VE LET THEM– WE’RE GOING TO LET THEM PICK IF IT’S AUGUST OR SEPTEMBER, DEPENDING UPON WHAT’S GOING ON IN THEIR DISTRICTS, SO THAT THEY CAN COME BACK WITH SOME EVIDENCE FOR US. AND THEN FROM THE 18-MONTH REVIEW, WE HAVE LEARNED THAT THERE’S A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT WE NEED TO PUT IN PLACE. REMEMBER, THIS IS THE FIRST TRY OUT OF THE 33 PARTNERSHIP DISTRICTS, SO WE’VE CONDUCTED SIX, AND OUR OFFICE IS GOING TO WORK IN MARCH– MY GOAL IN MARCH IS TO GET A WRITTEN DOCUMENT TO EACH OF THE 33 PARTNERSHIP DISTRICTS THAT OUTLINES WHAT IT IS THAT WE EXPECT FOR THE 36-MONTH REVIEW, OR THE 24-MONTH REVIEW, AND THEN A FEW CHANGES FOR THE 18 MONTH REVIEW THAT WE’LL PUT IN PLACE FOR THE NEXT 25 DISTRICTS THAT WE’RE GOING TO WORK WITH DECEMBER, JANUARY AND FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR FOR THEIR 18 MONTH. SO THERE’S SOME THINGS THAT WERE, YOU KNOW, SAID AND SO FORTH. I WANT TO PUT EVERYTHING IN WRITING SO THE DOCUMENT IS IN FRONT OF THE DISTRICTS BECAUSE FOR THE SIX DISTRICTS THAT WE’VE WORKED WITH, SOME OF THE STUFF THAT WE ENDED UP TALKING ABOUT AT THE COLLABORATIVE CONFERENCE WASN’T IN A WRITTEN DOCUMENT. SO WE’RE GOING TO PUT THAT TOGETHER AND THE DISTRICTS WILL APPRECIATE THAT. SO THE FAAS TEAM MOVED TO CADILLAC PLACE. THAT HAPPENED JANUARY 17TH, AND WE HAVE A COUPLE OF PEOPLE THAT ARE OFF RIGHT NOW FOR PARTICULAR REASONS, BUT THEY ARE GOING TO BE COMING TOGETHER AND WE WILL WORK DILIGENTLY. OUR 18 MONTH REVIEW WITH DETROIT, WHICH WILL BE 22 SCHOOLS, IS FEBRUARY 26TH, AND THEN WE’LL BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE OFFICE DOWN THERE IN PLACE. AND A MORE IN-DEPTH PRESENTATION ON THE WORK OF THE FAAS UNIT WILL BE PRESENTED IN APRIL. SO BENTON HARBOR, I WAS THERE FEBRUARY 4TH. AND THIS WAS MY AGENDA: TO MEET WITH THE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, WHICH INCLUDED THE [ INDISTINCT ] DIRECTOR. AND THAT WENT VERY WELL. WE HAD A GOOD MEETING. AND THEN WE TALKED ABOUT BUDGET, WHICH IS A CONCERN. THE SCHOOL BOND LOAN FUND IS PART OF THAT BUDGET PROCESS FOR NEXT YEAR. I MET WITH THE DISTRICT LEADERSHIP SO THAT I COULD SPEAK WITH EACH ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE AND GATHER SOME MORE INFORMATION, AND THEN THE INSTRUCTIONAL TEAM. THE INSTRUCTIONAL FACILITATORS, WE MET FOR OVER AN HOUR ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND WHAT THEY’RE PROVIDING IN THE CLASSROOMS FOR EACH OF THE BUILDINGS. AND THEN A TOUR OF THE HIGH SCHOOL. AND BENTON HARBOR’S BEEN IN THE PAPER. AS YOU KNOW, THEY’RE WANTING TO KNOW, AND THE COMMUNITY WANTS TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE THROUGH PA 601 AND THE ELIMINATION OF 1280c, THERE WILL BE NO SRO OFFICER AS OF JUNE 30TH. I SPOKE TO A REPORTER YESTERDAY. ANOTHER REPORTER WAS ASKING [INDISTINCT] WHAT INFORMATION HE HAS, AND I’M GOING TO GET SOMETHING OUT TODAY. I’VE JUST BEEN ASKED TO DO THAT, BECAUSE WE DON’T KNOW. WE’RE WAITING FOR SOME DIRECTION FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. SO WE’RE NOT SURE EXACTLY HOW THAT’LL GO ON. IT WAS ANTICIPATING THEM MAKING ONE OF YOUR QUESTIONS, BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW, BENTON HARBOR IS THE ONLY COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WE HAVE, AND THERE’S 33 PARTNERSHIP DISTRICTS. SO WE’RE WAITING FOR SOME TRACTION. WE’RE HAVING SOME MEETINGS. I’LL BE DOWN THERE AGAIN SO WE CAN CONTINUE OUR MOVEMENT FORWARD FOR BENTON HARBOR, AND WHAT WE MIGHT HAVE TO DO, AND WHAT WE NEED TO DO, DEPENDING ON WHAT HAPPENS WITH OUR INFORMATION WE RECEIVE REGARDING THE SRO. BECAUSE I WEAR TWO HATS– SRO JUST FOR BENTON HARBOR, AND THEN THE DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIP DISTRICTS FOR THE OTHER 33. THAT’S OUR PRESENTATION.>>OKAY, THANK YOU, BILL. ARE THERE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS? PAM?>>I’M SORRY. THANK YOU. I DID GET A REPORT FROM ONE OF THE SCHOOLS, AND THEY FELT GOOD ABOUT THE [ INAUDIBLE ] THAT THEY HAVE, AND THEN I’M LOOKING AT THIS, AND I’M JUST WANTING TO GET A FEEL FOR– OBVIOUSLY, THERE WEREN’T ANY THAT WERE OFF TRACK, SO THAT’S GOOD, BUT I GUESS A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT WHAT THE OFF TRACK WITH PROGRESS MEANS, BECAUSE THEY LEFT HAVING A GOOD FEELING ABOUT THE DIRECTION THAT THEY’RE GOING IN.>>YES, THEY ARE OFF TRACK. THEY DIDN’T MEET THE EITHER TWO-THIRDS OF PROCESS OR THEIR MEET ONE STATE GOAL, OR ONE-THIRD OF THEIR LOCAL OUTCOME GOALS. SO THERE IS A FLOWCHART THAT WE HAVE GIVEN TO YOU BEFORE, AND SO IF YOU’RE OFF TRACK WITH PROGRESS, THERE IS SOME PROGRESS, BUT WE WANT A 24-MONTH REVIEW SO THAT WE CAN THEN– THEY CAN SUBMIT SOME MORE EVIDENCE TO US, AND THEN WE CAN DETERMINE IF THEY ARE GOING TO BE ON TRACK OR HEADING TOWARDS BEING ON TRACK AT 36 MONTHS. OR IF THEY’RE NOT, THEN WE NEED TO WORK WITH THEM AND THEIR COMMUNITY REGARDING THE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT, BECAUSE THERE’S THE NEXT LEVEL OF ACCOUNTABILITY THAT’S IN EACH AGREEMENT.>>SO THE 24 MONTHS, YOU’RE SAYING WILL BE THAT– [ INAUDIBLE ].>>THAT’S THE WAY IT’S WRITTEN RIGHT NOW, YES.>>SO THE 24-MONTH WAS NOT THERE– IT WAS THE 18 MONTH AND THEN THE 36 MONTH.>>[ INAUDIBLE ].>>OKAY. AND THEN HOW– JUST A COUPLE OF [ INDISTINCT ] QUESTIONS. THE RUBRIC THAT WAS USED– BECAUSE THAT WAS DEVELOPED JUST RECENTLY. AND HOW DID THAT FIT THE MEETING? WERE THERE ANY– DID YOU SEE– DID YOU AND/OR THE DISTRICTS COME TO ANY CONCLUSION THAT SOME OF THEIR PLANS NEEDED TO BE TWEAKED? AND I GUESS I ALREADY KNOW WHAT MICHELLE’S QUESTION IS GOING TO BE, SO I’LL LEAVE THAT FOR HER.>>OH, NO, NO.>>WHAT WAS THE COMPOSITION OF THE MEETINGS?>>YES, THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT WE ARE GOING TO TWEAK. WE’RE GOING TO GET THE WHOLE OFFICE TOGETHER IN MARCH, AND WE’RE GOING TO– EVERYBODY IS THINKING, EVERYBODY’S WRITING DOWN RIGHT NOW IN MY OFFICE WHAT IT IS THAT WE THINK WE NEED TO TWEAK, WHAT WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT, WHAT WE MIGHT NEED TO CHANGE OR JUST PUT DOWN IN WRITING. SO THERE ARE A FEW THINGS. ONE OF THEM IS ON THE 36-MONTH, IS IT A LOCAL OUTCOME? ARE THERE LOCAL OUTCOME GOALS, OR ARE THEY M-STEP GOALS, OR SAT GOALS? SO WE HAVE TO DETERMINE THAT. I HEAR A LOT OF INFORMATION, BUT THERE HASN’T BEEN ANYTHING WRITTEN, SO WE’RE WORKING ON THAT. WE DO– AND THAT’S COME OUT WITH REGARDS TO THE FLOWCHART. THAT ISSUE. ANYTHING ELSE, DAN, THAT YOU CAN THINK OF? OKAY.>>THE RUBRIC THEY FELT THAT THAT WAS HELPFUL?>>OH, YEAH. I THINK– I FELT PRETTY GOOD. I APPRECIATE ALL OF THE WORK THAT WAS DONE PRIOR TO ME, AND I LIKE THE PROCESS. I JUST THINK WE NEED TO GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING SO EVERYBODY IS CLEAR AHEAD OF TIME.>>RIGHT, YEAH.>>BUT I– YEAH, THE COLLABORATIVE CONVERSATION, THEY’VE GONE PRETTY WELL. I MEAN BOTH SIDES, YOU KNOW, HAVE SOME THINGS TO SAY AT– BUT THAT’S PART OF WHAT THAT WHOLE COLLABORATION MEANS.>>YEAH, MY– MY THOUGHT IS JUST BEING THERE WITH THE DISTRICTS AS THEY WERE PUTTING THESE TOGETHER– YOU KNOW, SAGINAW HAD A LITTLE BIT OF TIME WHEN THEY WERE PUTTING THEIRS TOGETHER BEFORE THE OTHER DISTRICTS, AND SO THINGS WERE REALLY ABSTRACT.>>YES.>>AND SO, I MEAN, AS WE WERE DEVELOPING THE RUBRIC AND MORE STANDARD– STANDARDIZED JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE, FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD– I’M JUST WONDERING HOW THAT FEELS FOR SOME OF THESE DISTRICTS. AND THEN THESE WERE– ALL THESE DISTRICTS ARE FROM THE SAME COHORT OF–>>YES, ROUND 1.>>OKAY.>>I’M GLAD YOU ASK THAT QUESTION AND KIND OF CLARIFIED IT FOR ME, BECAUSE WE ARE– THERE IS A PLACE IN EACH PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT THAT SAYS YOU CAN AMEND THE GOAL, AND WE’RE GOING TO– THERE IS GOING TO BE SOME AMENDMENTS THAT OCCUR WITH SOME OF THE DISTRICTS BECAUSE THEY CHOOSE TO, AND BECAUSE OF THE COLLABORATIVE CONVERSATION WHERE WE SAID, “WELL, YOU KNOW, CAN YOU REALLY “PROVIDE EVIDENCE, “AND IS IT MEASURABLE?” AND SOME OF THE GOALS WERE– THERE WERE TOO MANY VARIABLES IN THE GOALS. WE WANT TO CONDENSE THE GOAL DOWN. SO WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SOME CHANGES ACCORDING TO THE AMENDMENT AND THE AGREEMENT, WHICH IS GOING TO BE GOOD FOR THE DISTRICT, I THINK.>>ANYONE ELSE? TOM?>>WELL, JUST REAL BRIEFLY. I WAS GOING TO ACTUALLY ASK ABOUT– BECAUSE I’M ASSUMING THAT IN 24 MONTHS OR 16 MONTHS, NEW THINGS ARE LEARNED ABOUT THE GOALS, AND MAYBE THEY WEREN’T THE BEST ONES, AND SOME WOULD PROBABLY ACCUSE, SAYING, “OH, YOU CAN’T “MEET ‘EM, SO YOU ARE GOING TO “MAKE THEM EASIER,” BUT I DON’T THINK THAT’S GOING TO BE THE CASE. I THINK YOU JUST NATURALLY WILL COME UP WITH BETTER ONES. YOU DON’T WANT TO BE STUCK TO SOMETHING THAT’S A BAD GOAL. BUT DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE APPARENT AT THE END– OKAY, IF WE CHANGE SOME GOALS, AT THE END OF 36 MONTHS, PEOPLE WILL– THE VAST MAJORITY IN THAT COMMUNITY WILL SAY THINGS HAVE GOTTEN BETTER?>>I CERTAINLY HOPE SO, BECAUSE I’M MORE FOCUSED ON BUILDING THE SYSTEMS IN THE DISTRICT SO THAT LONG-TERM STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT CAN OCCUR REGARDLESS OF WHO THE SUPERINTENDENT IS, OR IF SOME BOARD MEMBERS CHANGE. THE SYSTEMS HAVE TO BE IN PLACE, AND THE DISTRICTS THAT ARE OFF TRACK WITH PROGRESS, THERE IS SOME SYSTEM WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, AND THAT’S REALLY MY MAIN FOCUS FROM THIS OFFICE OF WHAT WE NEED TO DO AND HOW WE CAN HELP, BECAUSE THERE’S LOTS OF ASSISTANCE THAT WE HAVE HERE AT MDE, AND THAT’S THE WHOLE GOAL OF A PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT.>>ANYONE ELSE? I’LL JUST BRIEFLY COMMENT. I WAS ABLE TO ATTEND ONE OF THE REVIEW OF GOAL ATTAINMENT SESSIONS, AND I WAS SO IMPRESSED BY THE DATA-DRIVEN CONVERSATION THAT THE DISTRICTS WERE HAVING, AND– WITH MDE, AND THE INVESTMENT AND COMMITMENT OF THE STAFF MEMBERS TO REALLY FOCUS ON WHAT THEY CAN DO TO IMPROVE STUDENT LEARNING. AND THE COLLABORATION THAT WAS OCCURRING DURING THE MEETING AS WE WERE– THEY WERE PRESENTING AND WE WERE LOOKING AT THEIR DATA. AND IT WAS REALLY A– IT WAS HAVING A CONVERSATION ABOUT STUDENT LEARNING AND ABOUT THE SHIFTS THAT THEY WERE MAKING WITHIN THEIR SCHOOLS AND IN THEIR CLASSROOMS, AND IT WAS REALLY A REWARDING AND REFRESHING EXPERIENCE. SO I WANT TO THANK THE TEAM AND THE DISTRICTS THAT HAVE GONE THROUGH THE FIRST RGAs.>>YOU KNOW, CAN I JUST SAY ONE LAST THING? I HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT THIS– AND I GUESS WE PROBABLY AREN’T DOING IT, BUT MY QUESTION KIND OF WAS DRIVING TOWARDS THE PERCEPTION OF THE CUSTOMERS, THE PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITY. WE DON’T HAVE A WAY TO ACTUALLY MEASURE THAT, THOUGH. I MEAN, I’VE THOUGHT ABOUT– AND I KNOW IT COSTS MONEY, BUT SOME KIND OF A SURVEY– A THIRD-PARTY, NOT, YOU KNOW, WE SURVEYED OURSELVES AND WE’RE DOING GREAT KIND OF A SURVEY, BUT A REAL THIRD-PARTY SURVEY AT THE BEGINNING AND AT THE END, AND, YOU KNOW, DID EVERYBODY– DO THEY FEEL– I MEAN, I KNOW THAT FEELINGS ARE– THE SYSTEMS AND THE THINGS THAT ARE CONCRETE, BUT ALSO IS THERE A GENERAL PERCEPTION THAT THINGS HAVE GOTTEN BETTER AND WHAT THE STATE DID WAS GOOD OR BAD? I’D LOVE TO KNOW IF THEY THOUGHT IT WAS BAD.>>VENESSA, I KNOW– MICHIGAN STATE WAS CONDUCTING A SURVEY, WITH ADMINISTRATORS AND THE PEOPLE THAT ARE, YOU KNOW, INVOLVED WITH THE PARTNERSHIP DISTRICTS. DOES THAT INCLUDE PARENTS?>>YES.>>OKAY.>>[ INAUDIBLE ]. WE ARE DOING AN EVALUATION OF THE PARTNERSHIP DISTRICT [ INAUDIBLE, AWAY FROM MIC ]. SO THEY ARE DOING A SURVEY– A CONFIDENTIAL, ANONYMOUS SURVEY OF PRINCIPALS [ INAUDIBLE ] THE BOARD’S QUESTIONS ALL ALONG ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE REALLY FEEL AND THINK ABOUT THE STUFF. IT’S GREAT TO EXTEND THAT TO PARENTS. THIS IS A, YOU KNOW, SURVEY [ INAUDIBLE ]. IT COULD ALSO BE A THING WE WRAP INTO PHASE TWO, MAYBE NOT A FULL SURVEY. [ INAUDIBLE ]. I CAN TALK TO THE RESEARCH TEAM AGAIN [ INAUDIBLE ].>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU, VENESSA. AND THANK YOU, TOM. AND THANK YOU TO BILL AND DAN. OKAY. OUR NEXT ITEM IS APPROVAL OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MINUTES. MAY I PLEASE HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR AND COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING OF JANUARY 8, 2018?>>SO MOVED.>>I HAVE A MOTION BY CASANDRA, SUPPORT FROM TOM. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? ALL OF THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE.>>AYE.>>OPPOSED, NAY. MOTION CARRIES. AND NOW WE HAVE THE REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.>>HI, VERY BRIEFLY, I HAD– I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO A FEW INTERVIEWS OVER THE LAST MONTH. SO I TALKED TO WPHN IN PORT HURON, MICHIGAN RADIO, AND MICHIGAN ADVANCED. AND FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, JUDY AND I, UH, HAD THE PLEASURE OF ATTENDING A PRESENTATION AND DINNER AT DAKOTA HIGH SCHOOL IN MACOMB, WHICH IS ALWAYS A REALLY NICE PRESENTATION. THEY DO A GREAT JOB. AND, UM, SO THAT WAS, UM, VERY NICE. WE ALSO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO A GROUP OF LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND SOME DISTRICT OFFICIALS THROUGH PLANTE MORAN AND…>>PARK HILL.>>PARK HILL. SO I THINK THERE WERE WELL OVER A HUNDRED PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE FOR THAT. WE TALKED ABOUT WHAT THE ROLE OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND KIND OF OUR PHILOSOPHY OF THE BOARD. OTHER THAN THAT, WE HAVE JUST BEEN TRYING TO MANEUVER THE WEATHER THE LAST FEW WEEKS, ALONG WITH ALL OF THE SCHOOLS. THEY HAVE MY SYMPATHY, AND HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE PAST THIS SOON. SO THAT’S IT.>>OKAY, THANK YOU. AND MOVING ON TO MY REPORT. SO I’LL PIGGYBACK ON WHAT CASANDRA SAID. I ATTENDED THE MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS CONFERENCE, THE MIDDLE CITIES EDUCATION ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE, AND THE MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS CONFERENCE LAST– THOSE CONFERENCES LAST WEEK. AND AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, ONE OF THE HOT TOPICS ON THEIR AGENDA WAS SNOW DAYS. ONE OF THE THINGS I DID WAS I STARTED BY THANKING THE SUPERINTENDENTS FOR KEEPING THE STUDENTS’ SAFETY AS THEIR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AND ENSURING THAT THE DECISIONS THAT THEY WERE MAKING WITHIN THEIR SCHOOLS AND THEIR DISTRICTS WERE BASED ON WHAT WAS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF KEEPING STUDENTS AND STAFF SAFE. I TOLD THEM THAT I KNEW THAT THESE UNUSUAL WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE CAUSING THEM TO CLOSE SCHOOL MORE FREQUENTLY THIS YEAR– THIS WINTER THAN THEY HAVE IN PREVIOUS WINTERS, AND THAT THE DAYS THAT THEY WERE CLOSED WAS CAUSING THEM TO EXCEED THE ALLOWABLE SIX DAYS OF FORGIVEN TIME. I DID SHARE WITH THEM THAT THE GOVERNOR’S STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION WAS DESIGNED TO GIVE MUNICIPALITIES SOME FLEXIBILITY IN APPLYING FOR AND USING STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDS TO BETTER MEET THE NEEDS OF THEIR CITIZENS AND TO KEEP THEIR CITIZENS SAFE. IT DID NOT AUTOMATICALLY REQUIRE SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS TO CLOSE. AND THAT, IN FACT, DURING THOSE TWO STATE OF EMERGENCY DAYS, THE UPPER PENINSULA– MOST OF THE SCHOOLS IN THE UPPER PENINSULA WERE OPEN. SO– AND, YEAH, I HAD HEARD THAT ONE OF THE SUPERINTENDENTS SAID, “JUST WEAR A JACKET, “TAKE YOUR SHORTS OFF, “AND PUT SLACKS ON, “AND COME TO SCHOOL.” [ LAUGHTER ]>>YES.>>I DID ASK THE DIVISIONAL LEVEL OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE TO EXPLORE WHETHER THERE WAS SOME FLEXIBILITY IN STATE STATUTE THAT WOULD ALLOW ME TO FORGIVE THOSE TWO STATE OF EMERGENCY DAYS, AND THE RESPONSE WAS NO. SO AFTER THE GOVERNOR DECLARED THE STATE OF EMERGENCY, WE DID SEND A COMMUNICATION, A MEMO OUT TO DISTRICTS, AND WE REMINDED IF THEY WERE GETTING BEYOND THEIR SIX DAYS OF FORGIVEN TIME, THAT THEY COULD SUBMIT AN ADDITIONAL FORGIVEN TIME WAIVER, AND THAT’S PART OF SECTION 101 IN THE STATE SCHOOL AID ACT. THE WAIVER WOULD ALLOW THEM, THEN, TO HAVE THREE ADDITIONAL DAYS OF CLOSED TIME FORGIVEN. AND I HAVE TOLD THE SUPERINTENDENTS THAT I WILL BE AS ACCOMMODATING AND AS FLEXIBLE AS POSSIBLE IN APPROVING THOSE WAIVERS AS LONG AS THEY HAVE 180 DAYS IN THEIR SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR THE YEAR. BY WAIVING THE ADDITIONAL THREE DAYS AND THEN THE SIX DAYS, THAT WILL GIVE THEM A TOTAL OF NINE DAYS. AND IF THEY GO BEYOND THOSE NINE DAYS, THEY NEED TO MAKE PROVISIONS TO START MAKING UP THOSE LOST DAYS. AND AS OF LAST FRIDAY, I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE ALREADY HAD– AND I DON’T KNOW IF THIS WAS SPURRED BY MY CONVERSATION WITH THE STATE SUPES LAST WEEK AT THEIR MEETING, BUT AS OF FRIDAY, WE HAD IN EXCESS OF 150 DISTRICTS THAT HAD ALREADY SUBMITTED THEIR WAIVER REQUEST FOR THOSE ADDITIONAL THREE DAYS. AT THE CONFERENCE, I HAD THE HONOR AND THE PRIVILEGE OF INTRODUCING THE GOVERNOR, WHO CAME TO SPEAK TO THE STATE SUPERINTENDENTS. AND SHE WAS WELCOMED TO THE STAGE BY A STANDING OVATION. IT WAS GREAT TO SEE HER THERE. MY OTHER TOPIC THAT I WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU IS WHAT WE ARE DOING TO PREPARE FOR THE STATE– THE NEXT STATE SUPERINTENDENT. THE DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENTS, THE CHIEFS OF STAFF AND SPECIAL ASSISTANTS AND I ARE WORKING ON A TRANSITION SUCCESSION PLAN FOR THE NEXT STATE SUPERINTENDENT. WE WANTED TO ENSURE THAT THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT HAS AS SMOOTH AS POSSIBLE TRANSITION TO THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. THE SUBMISSION PLAN WILL HAVE TWO MAJOR PARTS IT. THE FIRST PART WILL PROVIDE DETAILS ON THE TOP 10 IN 10 PLAN, AS WELL AS ON OUR DEPARTMENT’S THREE PRIORITIES OF WHOLE CHILD, LITERACY, AND PRENATAL THROUGH AGE EIGHT. IT WILL INCLUDE INFORMATION ON THE WORK THAT WE’RE DOING IN THE DEPARTMENT ON EQUITY, AS WELL AS THE WORK TO SUPPORT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF MICHIGAN’S CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT PROCESS. THE SECOND PART OF THE PLAN WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT STATE GOVERNMENT. SO WE’LL INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT BUDGET, ABOUT LEGISLATION, AS WELL AS ABOUT CIVIL SERVICE. THE GOAL IS REALLY TO PROVIDE A PLAN THAT WILL GIVE THE NEW STATE SUPERINTENDENT INFORMATION FOR A SMOOTH TRANSITION INTO HER OR HIS NEW POSITION, AS WELL AS ALLOW THE WORK IN THE DEPARTMENT TO CONTINUE WITHOUT INTERRUPTION. AND MY THIRD TOPIC TODAY IS TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT I HAVE STARTED TO MEET WITH LEGISLATORS. I HAVE HAD MEET AND GREETS WITH LEGISLATORS LAST MONTH. I AM CONTINUING THEM THIS MONTH, AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT WILL TAKE ME WITH THE– PROBABLY BECAUSE OF WEATHER-RELATED ISSUES– UNTIL MARCH TO BE ABLE TO COMPLETE ALL OF THOSE. BUT IT’S REALLY A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE MYSELF, TO TALK ABOUT THE WORK IN THE DEPARTMENT, THE WORK THAT WE ARE DOING. I BRING THEM AN INFORMATION FOLDER THAT HAS RESOURCES ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT IN IT, AND THEN I GET A CHANCE TO HEAR WHAT THEIR PRIORITIES ARE IN RELATION TO EDUCATION. SO IT HAS REALLY BEEN A GREAT OPPORTUNITY, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING THEM THIS MONTH AND NEXT MONTH. AND THAT IS IT FOR ME FOR THIS MONTH. AND SO WE’LL GO NOW TO OUR REPORT FROM MICHIGAN TEACHER OF THE YEAR, AND THAT IS TO WELCOME LAURA CHANG, WHO IS THE 2018-2019 MICHIGAN TEACHER OF THE YEAR. LAURA IS A K-5 READING AND MATH INTERVENTIONIST IN VICKSBURG COMMUNITY SCHOOLS. JOINING US IS ROBYNE MURAY. SHE IS THE REGION 6 REGIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR. SHE WILL BE JOINING– WHO IS JOINING LAURA. ROBYNE TEACHES ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND HISTORY AT EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL IN LANSING, MICHIGAN. SO, WELCOME BOTH LAURA AND ROBYNE.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. I DON’T KNOW WHERE MY PRESENTATION IS ON HERE. MERTZ, DO YOU? HI, THANK YOU. OH, LOOK AT THAT. IF I ONLY TRIED JUST TO CLICK. ALL RIGHT. SO I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE YOU A– A MID-YEAR UPDATE TODAY TO REPORT OUT ON THE WORK THAT I HAVE DONE AS MICHIGAN TEACHER OF THE YEAR SO FAR THIS YEAR. SO WE’LL START HERE. DIFFERENT KEYNOTE ADDRESSES. MY FAVORITE GROUP TO SPEAK TO PROBABLY IS– ARE OUR PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS. I AM EXCITED ABOUT THEIR ENGAGEMENT, THEIR EXCITEMENT FOR THE FIELD, THEIR– AND THEIR ENERGY. SO I HAVE SPOKEN AT MICHIGAN STATE, WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, AND SEVERAL MORE COMING UP FOR PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS ESPECIALLY. IN MAY AND JULY, I’LL HAVE A CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH SOME ADMINISTRATORS UP AT MACKINAC ISLAND. SO I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THAT AUDIENCE NOW AS WELL. APRIL– FRANKENMUTH HIGH SCHOOL IS MY ALMA MATER, IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING WHY THAT RANDOM HIGH SCHOOL IS UP THERE. SO, ANOTHER ONE I’M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO HEAD BACK AND SPEAK WITH THEIR TEACHERS. GENERALLY, I SHARE WHAT I HOPE TO BE OUR INSPIRING MESSAGES ON TEACHER LEADERSHIP, DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS WITH STUDENTS, PARTNERING WITH FAMILIES, AND EARLY LITERACY INITIATIVES. SCHOOL VISITS THIS YEAR. DELTON KELLOGG SCHOOLS, THE ANN ARBOR OAKLAND SCHOOL, LUDINGTON. LUDINGTON’S FOSTER ELEMENTARY. AND U OF M WAS KIND ENOUGH TO INVITE ME TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR TEACHER APPRECIATION GAME THERE– BASKETBALL GAME IN DECEMBER. THAT WAS A FUN EVENT. SO PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS SO FAR THIS YEAR. GENERALLY, MY WORKSHOPS ARE ON INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY INTO THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM. THE PICTURE UP THERE SHOWS SOME TEACHERS HARD AT WORK PLANNING TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION INSTRUCTION DURING A WORKSHOP AT THE MiGOOGLE CONFERENCE. COMING UP, I’LL PRESENT SOME SIMILAR SESSIONS AT MACUL AND CMU. I ALSO HAVE SHARED USING DATA TO DRIVE INSTRUCTION FOR– FOR OUR LEARNERS. FOUR– PRIMARILY FOUR STATE-LEVEL COMMITTEES THAT I HAVE CONTRIBUTED A TEACHER VOICE TO THIS YEAR INCLUDE THE SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COUNCIL. THIS IS AN EXCITING NEW PARTNERSHIP, JUST A ONE-YEAR TERM FOR THE CURRENT MICHIGAN TEACHER OF THE YEAR TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COUNCIL AS A NON-VOTING MEMBER. IT’S BEEN REALLY INTERESTING TO HEAR PERSPECTIVES. UM, SUCH VARYING PERSPECTIVES OF PARENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS ACROSS THE STATE. THE EQUITY IN EDUCATION ADVISORY TEAM, ROBYNE, MY COLLEAGUE HERE WILL SHARE MORE ABOUT THAT LATER AS SHE IS ON THIS COMMITTEE AS WELL. THE SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS DETERMINATION STEERING COMMITTEE. I’M WORKING WITH DR. KAY AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO CREATE A BROAD SHARED VISION FOR SUCCESS WITH OF OUR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN. NEXT STEPS FOR THAT COMMITTEE INCLUDES FOUR WORKGROUPS: M-STEP PARTICIPATION, NAEP PARTICIPATION AND RESULTS GRADUATION RATE AND DROPOUT RATE. TO TAKE A DEEPER DIVE INTO EACH AREA, AND GENERATE SOME RECOMMENDED ACTIONS. OUR STEERING COMMITTEE WILL REVIEW THOSE AND HOPEFULLY APPROVE THOSE IN JUNE. AND THEN THE FOURTH, THE LAUNCH MICHIGAN EDUCATOR SUPPORT WORKGROUP. THIS IS A DIVERSE GROUP OF STAKEHOLDERS FROM EDUCATION FIELDS AND PRIVATE SECTOR. WE’RE WORKING TOGETHER TO DEVELOP TEACHER COACHING AND MENTORING RECOMMENDATIONS TO HELP GROW MICHIGAN INTO A TOP 10 IN 10 STATE. I HAD AN INCREDIBLE WEEK AT GOOGLE HEADQUARTERS IN CALIFORNIA THIS PAST WEEK WITH 57 PASSIONATE TEACHERS FROM ALL OVER THE NATION, U.S. TERRITORIES, D.C., THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. THIS EVENT, THE FIRST OF MANY, WAS COORDINATED BY CCSSO. SHEILA, YOU WERE THERE, TOO, FEATURED ON THE GOOGLE PORTRAIT WALL IN THE UPPER LEFT CORNER. IT’S A TEENY LITTLE PICTURE, BUT THERE YOU ARE. [ LAUGHTER ]>>YOU WERE IN CALIFORNIA THIS WEEK WITH ME. WE WERE IMMERSED IN PROFESSIONAL LEARNING, SURROUNDING TOPICS ON LEADERSHIP, INNOVATION, EQUITY, ENGAGING WITH THE ED POLICY PROCESS. WE WORKED CLOSELY WITH PEDRO RIVERA, THE PENNSYLVANIA SECRETARY OF EDUCATION, WHO GUIDED US THROUGH ACTIONABLE STEPS WE CAN TAKE TO LIFT SYSTEMIC BARRIERS THAT IMPEDE STUDENT LEARNING WHILE CONNECTING OUTSIDE PARTNERS AND AGENCIES TO MEET OUR STUDENTS’ NEEDS IN A HOLISTIC WAY. WE EXAMINED EQUITY AND WORKED AS TEAMS TO PLAN HOW WE CAN PROVIDE STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES THEY NEED WHEN THEY NEED THEM TO BE SUCCESSFUL. ONE SPEAKER TALKED ABOUT HOW MANY OF US MAY NOT HAVE REALIZED THAT WE HAD BEEN WEARING SHOES THAT WERE TOO SMALL FOR OUR FEET. BUT WE’RE BEGINNING TO HAVE SHOES THAT FIT NOW AND WE’RE LEARNING TO USE THEM TO WALK WITH PURPOSE. ALSO COMING UP, SOME BIG EVENTS THAT I’LL BE MEETING WITH THE SAME GROUP OF TEACHERS, WASHINGTON WEEK IN APRIL OR MAY. WE HAVEN’T GOTTEN THOSE DATES QUITE YET. THERE’S A NATIONAL FORUM ON ED POLICY IN DENVER IN JULY. SPACE CAMP FOR THE TEACHERS IN HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA THIS SUMMER. A NEXT STEPS MEETING IN OCTOBER IN PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY WHERE WE’LL TAKE ALL OF THIS LEARNING THAT WE DID TOGETHER AND PLAN NOW WHAT? NOW WHAT DO WE DO WITH THIS? AND THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS IN NEW ORLEANS IN 2020. MY HUSBAND AND SON ARE BOTH VYING FOR A SPOT ON THAT TRIP. [ LAUGHTER ] SO I JUST WANT TO GIVE A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO MY BUILDING PRINCIPAL AND MY DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT WHO HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLY SUPPORTIVE ON THESE ENDEAVORS THIS YEAR. I’M OUT OF THE BUILDING AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF TIME, AND THEY ARE ALWAYS ENCOURAGING AND ALWAYS SUPPORTING AND ALWAYS ASKING, “WHAT DO YOU NEED, LAURA, “TO BE ABLE TO FOCUS ON THIS?” SO, I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THAT, AND A HUGE THANK YOU TO MDE’S OFFICE OF EDUCATOR EXCELLENCE, JOSH AND JEN AND SHELBY AND MARTY FOR ALL OF THEIR WORK BEHIND THE SCENES TO MAKE THIS SUCH AN INCREDIBLE YEAR OF OPPORTUNITIES AND GROWTH. SO NOW, ROBYNE MURAY, REGIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR FROM REGION 6 RIGHT HERE IN LANSING, SHE’S GOING TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO SHARE A FEW POINTS SPECIFIC TO HER REGION.>>WELL GOOD– FIRST OF ALL, I’D LIKE TO SAY GOOD AFTERNOON, AND ON BEHALF OF THE LANSING SCHOOL DISTRICT, THE STUDENTS OF ROOM 203– I WOULD BE DEFINITELY REMISS NOT TO SAY THAT– THAT THEY TELL YOU, “THANK YOU, “THANK YOU, THANK YOU,” FOR ALL OF THE EFFORTS. BEING PART OF THE REGION 6 ACTIVITIES HAS GIVEN US AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY ENGAGE OUR STUDENTS. SO EVERY ASPECT OF RTOY, THE STUDENTS ARE INVOLVED IN. WITH ACTIVITIES, FROM THE COVER OF CAPITAL AREA WOMEN’S LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE. I REALLY FELT SO HUMBLED FOR THAT. IT WAS REALLY GREAT. THE ARTICLE, WE REALLY TALKED ABOUT THE GOODNESS OF MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. AND I SAY THAT SINCERELY, BECAUSE AGAIN, THE OPPORTUNITIES BEING A PART OF THIS COHORT HAS JUST BEEN IMMENSE. MY CHILDREN NOW HAVE AN ACTIVE VOICE. SO FOR ME, I GET A LITTLE CHOKED UP– THAT’S SO IMPORTANT TO ME. GOOD GIRL RADIO, WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE NAMED REGION TEACHER OF THE YEAR? WELL, I CAN TELL YOU, IT’S A HUMBLING EXPERIENCE, BUT IT’S KNOWLEDGEABLE, AND I’M SO PROUD OF IT. AND THEN, THE WKAR INTERVIEW, THE BENEFITS OR PROJECT-BASED INSTRUCTION, THEY ACTUALLY DID THAT INTERVIEW IN MY CLASSROOM WHEN THE KIDS WERE DOING A PRODUCTION FOR THE DUST BOWL. THEY WERE DOING A MUSEUM WALK, SO THAT WAS VERY INTERESTING. AND THE PROUD MICHIGAN EDUCATOR VIDEO, WHICH I FELT LIKE I LOOKED TOTALLY HORRIBLE, BUT MY KIDS LOOKED GOOD. IT WAS REALLY A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THEM AND WATCH THEM IN ACTION. AND AGAIN, I THINK THAT MY BABY PRIDE IS I’VE NOW BEEN ACCEPTED TO THE NATIONAL BOARD FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT. SO I’LL BE THE 2019 COHORT FOR LANSING SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO I’M VERY HONORED FOR THAT. SO AGAIN, I SAY NOTHING BUT SPECIAL THANKS TO THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY. OUR PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS, WE DID THE DEFEAT THE LABEL. IT WAS A STATE ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN THAT WAS HOSTED IN OAKLAND. AND I WANT TO SAY THAT THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT YOU SEE BEFORE YOU, THEY WERE MET WITH A STANDING OVATION, AND THEY WERE ASKED TO DO THE BLACK TIE AFFAIR, THAT THEIR VIDEO BE THE OPENING FOR THEIR GALA NIGHT AT THE STATE THEATER. SO THAT WAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE TO REALLY PUT THEIR OWN FLAIR ON WHAT IT MEANS TO DEFEAT A LABEL. TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS WAS A COMMUNITY LUNCHEON AND DISCUSSION ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION. WE HONORED NAVY OFFICER DAN HOUSTON. HE WAS A VIETNAM VETERAN THAT WAS AN EASTERN STUDENT THAT AFTER 48 YEARS OF SERVING, HE CAME BACK AND HE GOT HIS DIPLOMA. SO WE WANTED TO HONOR HIM. WE HAD 75 GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE, ALONG WITH 50 STUDENTS. THE NEXT THING THAT I’M GOING TO BE INVOLVED IN IS THE INSPIRING MICHIGAN EDUCATION CONFERENCE. I’M GOING TO BE PRESENTING ON THE 23RD. WE ALSO HAVE ONE AT CMU– EXCUSE ME, AND I FORGOT TO THAT THAT ON THERE, ON THE 1ST. SO, [ INDISTINCT ] OF THE PRESENTATIONS, WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT THE STUDENT VOICE IS STILL A PART OF THAT AT ALL TIMES. ON THE DISTRICT LEVEL, I AM A MEMBER OF THE REAP ADVISORY BOARD, AND WITH THE REAP ADVISORY BOARD, IT IS A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR LANSING. WE RECEIVED $45 MILLION OVER A FIVE-YEAR PERIOD, AND OUR GOAL IS TO REALLY CREATE A TEACHING NETWORK. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE– A COLLABORATION, SO WE HAVE THE I COLLABORATE TEAM, WE HAVE ASPIRING LEADERS PROGRAMS. SO IF YOU WANT TO BECOME A PRINCIPAL ADMINISTRATOR, WE GIVE YOU THE TOOLS AND THIS– THE KEYS TO SUCCESS, SO TO SPEAK. OUR PARTNERSHIPS HAVE EXTENDED OUT. WE HAVE SPARROW, MICHIGAN STATE. WE’RE INTO THE BIOTECH PROGRAM NOW. AND AGAIN, WE’RE REALLY TRYING TO MARKET LANSING SCHOOL DISTRICT AS 21ST CENTURY, AND THAT WE’RE REALLY GOING TO BE MAKING MOVES TO BE TOP 10 IN 10. THE PRINCIPAL NETWORK HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE FOR UPCOMING ASPIRING LEADERS. THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO THROUGH ALL OF THE BUILDINGS, LOOK AT WHAT IT’S LIKE TO REALLY BE AN ADMINISTRATOR AND WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THAT PROCESS. WE HAVE A MASTER’S TEACHER PROGRAM THAT I’M A PART OF. THAT AGAIN, THAT I TOLD DR. COSCARELLA– AND IF ANY OF YOU GUYS– AND I’M SURE MOST OF YOU KNOW HIM– HE IS REALLY ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT OUR TEACHERS SUSTAIN EXCELLENCE. SO, EVEN IF YOU ARE A MASTER TEACHER THAT IS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE, WE STILL HAVE A PROGRAM IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU CONTINUE YOUR GROWTH. AND FINALLY, THE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN IN LANSING, THERE ARE SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK. AND FINALLY, MY FAVORITE IS THE STATE LEVEL COMMITTEE, WHICH I WAS ASKED TO BE ON, OUR EQUITABLE EDUCATION ADVISORY TEAM. AND REALLY, IT’S A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO BE AROUND A DIVERSE GROUP OF STAKEHOLDERS IN EDUCATION, AND OUR GOAL IS EQUITABLE FUNDING, REALLY LOOKING AT THE P-20 MODEL, LOOKING AT THE WHOLE CHILD, MAKING SURE THAT THERE IS DIVERSITY IN THE WORKFORCE. WE WANT SAFE, SUPPORTIVE, CULTURAL CONFIDENT ENVIRONMENTS, AND WE WANT STRONG LEADERSHIP. AND THE ONE THING THAT YOU WILL– UM, I WISH THAT EVERYONE COULD BE A PART OF– BECAUSE OUR VOICES MATTER ON THAT TASK FORCE, AND THERE IS NEVER A TIME THAT YOU– THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A DUMB QUESTION. IF YOU NEED HELP, JEFF IS THERE, SCOTT IS THERE. I HAVE COME TO THEM, I HAVE EMAILED THEM. IT’S ALWAYS BEEN, “WHAT DO YOU NEED?” SO I THINK THAT ON BEHALF OF WHAT I’M DOING, THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY, BECAUSE WE WILL BECOME TOP 10 IN 10. THANK YOU.>>THANKS.>>THANK YOU BOTH LAURA AND ROBYNE FOR BEING HERE TODAY.>>THANK YOU.>>APPRECIATE YOUR REPORTS. THE FIRST ITEM ON TODAY’S DISCUSSION ACTION AGENDA IS A DISCUSSION ON STATE SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH, AND I AM GOING TO TURN THIS DISCUSSION TO OUR BOARD PRESIDENT, CASANDRA.>>AND MIKE SHOULD BE CALLING IN ANY MINUTE.>>OKAY. YEAH. SO WE– WE ARE WAITING FOR OUR GUEST, RAY AND ASSOCIATES, TO CALL IN. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, THE ADVERTISEMENT HAS GONE OUT. IT IS NOW PUBLIC. IT’S ON THE WEBSITE. IT’S ADVERTISED IN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT AREAS, AND WE ARE CURRENTLY– THEY ARE CURRENTLY COLLECTING RESUMES AND TALKING TO PEOPLE ABOUT GETTING INPUT ON THE QUESTIONS TO ASK AND THINGS LIKE THAT. SO THAT WORK IS CONTINUING. THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MARCH 11TH. SO, HOPEFULLY WHEN THEY CALL IN, THEY CAN GIVE US AN UPDATE ON WHAT THEY’RE SEEING SO FAR.>>PAM, DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION?>>DID WE GET THE TIMELINE UPDATED ON THE WEBSITE?>>I BELIEVE THE TIMELINE THAT’S POSTED ON THE WEBSITE IS THE ONE THAT HAS BEEN POSTED. I DON’T KNOW IF THERE WERE ANY NECESSARY CHANGES TO IT BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT SAYS THAT WE ARE GOING TO ENGAGE IN INTERVIEWS MARCH AND APRIL, AND I WAS TALKING TO THE STATE SUPES LAST WEEK– I MENTIONED TO THEM– I ENCOURAGED THEM TO CONSIDER APPLYING FOR THE POSITION. I TOLD THEM THAT THE POSTING WAS AVAILABLE ON THE MDE WEBSITE, AND THAT THE POSTING WOULD BE AVAILABLE THROUGH MARCH 11TH, AND THAT THE BOARD WOULD BE CONDUCTING FIRST AND SECOND ROUND INTERVIEWS IN APRIL.>>I THOUGHT SOMETHING WAS OFF ON THE– BUT I’LL–>>YOU HAVE IT.>>I HAVE– YEAH, IT’S RIGHT HERE. SO FEBRUARY AND MARCH IT SAYS, “IDENTIFY CANDIDATES “TO INTERVIEW.” SO THAT WOULD MAKE SENSE. “SELECT DATES FOR “PUBLIC MEETINGS.” THAT MAKES SENSE. “CONDUCT PUBLIC INTERVIEWS.” WE COULD START THAT AS EARLY AS MARCH, AND DETERMINE IF SECOND INTERVIEW IF NECESSARY. AND THEN THIS IS MARCH OR APRIL FOR THE SECOND INTERVIEWS, SO I THINK THIS IS–>>OKAY.>>IT’S PRETTY ACCURATE HERE.>>OKAY.>>ARE WE GOING TO NEED AN ADDITIONAL DAY OR ANYTHING DURING MARCH OR APRIL? OKAY. [ LAUGHTER ]>>I HAVE SOME DATES THAT JEN COOK WILL WORK ON THIS WEEK SURVEYING. IT’S A WHOLE LIST OF DATES.>>OKAY, GOOD.>>FOR YOUR AVAILABILITY. WE’LL SEND THEM OUT.>>WE’LL GET THOSE SCHEDULED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, SO WE ALL HAVE THEM LINED UP. IS THERE ANYTHING I’M MISSING?>>WELL YOU PRETTY MUCH GAVE THE WHOLE REPORT, I THINK, WHICH IS GOOD, BECAUSE YOU ARE ALL INFORMED.>>WELL, NOT THAT FAR, BUT… ARE WE WAITING? SHOULD WE…>>[ INDISTINCT ].>>I THINK SO. SINCE WE HAVE NOT HEARD FROM MIKE COLLINS, WHO IS THE REGIONAL SEARCH ASSOCIATE FOR RAY AND ASSOCIATES, WE’LL GO ON TO OUR NEXT AGENDA ITEM, WHICH IS AN UPDATE ON STATE AND FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE. MARTIN ACKLEY, OUR DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS WILL LEAD US IN A STATE AND FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE UPDATE.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I DIDN’T KNOW LAURA WAS FROM FRANKENMUTH. I’M CURIOUS IF SHE KNOWS GRETA VAN FLEET?>>I DO. NOT PERSONALLY.>>DO YOU? THE WOMAN? THE ACTUAL WOMAN OR THE BAND?>>RIGHT, [ INDISTINCT ]? OR GRETA VAN FLEET?>>GRETA VAN FLEET. GREAT VAN FLEET IS THIS YOUNG ROCK GROUP THAT CAME OUT OF FRANKENMUTH, MICHIGAN. THEY JUST WON A GRAMMY.>>RIGHT. WELL, I’M IMPRESSED THAT YOU FOLLOW GRETA VAN FLEET, MARTY!>>OH, YOU KNOW.>>LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY.>>THAT’S RIGHT. ANYWAY, THERE WAS A LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE MEETING ON JANUARY 29TH, AND IT WAS KIND OF AN ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING TO KIND OF SET PARAMETERS FOR THE– FOR THE COMMITTEE, AND THEY MADE SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MISSION STATEMENT AND OBJECTIVES, AND I WILL HAND IT OVER TO LUPE, IF SHE IS ON THE PHONE.>>LUPE?>>YES, I’M ON THE PHONE. I HAD MUTED MY PHONE. OKAY, WELL, UH, THANK YOU FOR THAT INTRODUCTION, MARTY. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE COMMITTEE. THE CHAIRPERSON IS LUPE, AND THIS COMMITTEE IS COMPOSED OF DR. JUDITH PRITCHETT, AND THE HONORABLE NIKKI SNYDER, AND THE HONORABLE TIFFANY TILLEY, AND THIS COMMITTEE WILL BE A WORKING COMMITTEE WHERE EVERYBODY HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE INVOLVED IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS, SO EVERYBODY HAS A RESPONSIBILITY, AND– SO WE CAN MAKE THIS COMMITTEE ONE OF THE STRONGEST LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES WE HAVE HAD SO FAR. SO WITH THAT, WE REORGANIZED– OR ORGANIZED OUR– WHAT WE SAW AS A GOOD WORKING LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE, AND WE CAME OUT WITH A MISSION STATEMENT THAT READS– DO YOU ALL HAVE THE COPY OF THE REPORT?>>YES, WE DO.>>OKAY, ALL RIGHT. SO IF THERE IS ANY RECOMMENDATIONS THAT THE REST OF THE BOARD WANTS TO GIVE THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE, I WOULD APPRECIATE THAT. ALL OF US WOULD APPRECIATE THAT. WE NEVER DISCUSSED THE RECOMMENDATIONS, BUT YOU CAN CERTAINLY PUT THEM IN WRITING TO US, AND WE WILL CONSIDER YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS. SO YOU SEE THERE THAT WE HAVE THE MISSION STATEMENT. “THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION “LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE WILL “ENSURE THAT THE STATE BOARD’S “POSITIONAL LEGISLATION AND “POLICY WILL BE ARTICULATED AND “SHARED WITH KEY STAKEHOLDERS “IN MICHIGAN’S EFFORT TO BECOME “A TOP 10 EDUCATION STATE “IN 10 YEARS.” WE HAVE TWO GOALS RIGHT NOW: TO RESEARCH– INTRODUCE LEGISLATION THAT WILL HAVE STATEWIDE AND LONG-TERM STRUCTURAL IMPACT OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL DISTRICTS, AND ALSO CULTIVATE RELATIONSHIPS, AND INTERACT WITH THE GOVERNOR’S EDUCATIONAL TEAM, LEGISLATIVE EDUCATIONAL CHAIRS, AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL STAKEHOLDERS THROUGH MEETINGS, ATTENDING HEARINGS, AND ATTENDING EDUCATIONAL COMMITTEE MEETINGS. AND WE HOPE THAT WE MOVE THE NEEDLE TOWARDS BECOMING TOP 10 IN 10 YEARS TOGETHER. WE FELT LIKE WE WERE– WE’RE A SILO, AN EDUCATIONAL SILO, AND WE WOULD LIKE TO INTERACT AND BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER STAKEHOLDERS. SO IF YOU THINK OF ANOTHER GOAL THAT WE SHOULD BE WORKING TOWARDS, WE WOULD APPRECIATE THAT INPUT. OKAY, SO NOW WE’LL GO TO THE CURRENT LEGISLATION, AND MARTY IS GOING TO SPEAK ABOUT THAT.>>YEAH. YEAH, THE LEGISLATURE IS BACK IN SESSION, OF COURSE. THEY HAVE NAMED COMMITTEES. ALL THE COMMITTEES HAVE MET TO HAVE AN ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING. THERE HAVE BEEN NO BILLS TAKEN UP IN ANY– EITHER OF THE COMMITTEES. WE KNOW THAT THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE IS GOING TO HAVE A MEETING SHORTLY TO HAVE THE HOUSE FISCAL AGENCY KIND OF GIVE THEM AN OVERVIEW OF THE MDE BUDGET, BECAUSE A LOT OF THESE HOUSE MEMBERS ARE BRAND NEW. SO THEY NEED A LITTLE TUTORIAL ON THE BUDGETS. AND SO HOUSE FISCAL IS GOING TO PROVIDE THAT FOR THEM. SO WE ARE– THERE HAVE BEEN SOME BILLS THAT HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED, AND WE INCLUDE THOSE IN THE BOARD BRIEFS EVERY WEEK. BUT, AGAIN, NONE HAVE BEEN TAKEN UP IN COMMITTEE, NOR HAVE ANY COMMITTEES BEEN SCHEDULED WITH BILLS. ALTHOUGH, THERE ARE– THERE IS TALK ABOUT TALKING ABOUT SCHOOL– SNOW DAYS. THERE LEGISLATION I THINK IS EITHER GOING TO BE INTRODUCED TODAY– MAYBE– YEAH, TODAY TO ALLOW FOR ANY SCHOOL DAYS THAT ARE– ANY SCHOOL DAYS THAT ARE CLOSED BECAUSE OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY TO BE FORGIVEN, BE A FORGIVEN DAY WITHOUT COUNTING TOWARDS THE SIX PLUS THREE. SO THAT BILL’S GOING TO BE INTRODUCED, AND I’M GUESSING THAT THAT WILL PROBABLY BE ONE OF THE FIRST BILLS THAT COME UP.>>MICHELLE?>>ANY QUESTIONS OR INPUT ON THAT FIRST CURRENT LEGISLATION ITEM?>>YEAH. I’M JUST WONDERING– WELL, IT’S NOT THAT ITEM, BUT I’M JUST WONDERING IF THERE’S ANY TALK ABOUT BUDGET, EDUCATION BUDGET, IF THERE’S– I’M TOLD THAT THE-THE GOVERNOR IS GOING TO HAVE SOMETHING VERY QUICKLY ON THE BUDGET, AND EDUCATION IS GOING TO BE A BIG THING. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’VE HEARD ANYTHING, OR…>>WELL, YEAH, WE WILL HEAR TONIGHT IN HER STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS. EDUCATION IS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE TWO MAIN FOCUSES OF THE SPEECH. AND HER BUDGET, HER EXECUTIVE BUDGET WILL NOT COME OUT UNTIL MARCH. AND I THINK A LOT OF THE DETAIL– I THINK, YOU KNOW, STATE OF THE STATES ARE KIND OF A, YOU KNOW, 10,000-FOOT LEVEL, AND THEN WHEN THE EXECUTIVE BUDGET COMES OUT IN MARCH, THAT WILL HAVE THE DETAIL AS TO WHAT SHE WANTS TO DO SPECIFICALLY. AND THEN, OF COURSE, THAT GOES THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AS WELL.>>ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?>>OKAY, ANY OTHER– WHAT ABOUT THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS? JUDY, NIKKI, TIFFANY, DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO ADD TO THAT?>>NO.>>OKAY.>>MICHELLE?>>SO WE’LL– GO AHEAD.>>YEAH, I THINK– IS SHEILA CHAIRING OR IS LUPE CHAIRING?>>LUPE. BUT I KNOW SHE COULDN’T SEE PEOPLE, SO I WAS TRYING TO– [ LAUGHTER ]>>OKAY, I JUST– SO ARE WE ON– I KNOW WE HAD TALKED ABOUT IT, TO HAVE THE LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON FOR NEXT MONTH. IS THAT STILL ON?>>YEP.>>IT’S GOOD TO GO, OKAY.>>YEAH, THAT’S– THAT’S PART OF THE AGENDA. IF YOU WOULD LOOK FURTHER DOWN, RIGHT NOW WE’RE IN THE CURRENT LEGISLATION, AND WE’RE GOING TO GO TO SBE LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS. REMEMBER THE PRIORITY LIST THAT THE STATE BOARD GAVE US, SO WE HAVE TWO ITEMS THAT WE’RE GOING TO REPORT ON.>>OKAY.>>OKAY. NUMBER ONE IS THE A-F GRADING SYSTEM, AND THEN NUMBER TWO WILL BE THE FUNDING FOR EDUCATION FOR TWO OF THE ITEMS THAT WERE PRIORITIZED BY THE BOARD. SO MARTY, WILL YOU PLEASE REPORT ON THOSE TWO?>>WELL, WITH WE KNOW THAT THE FIRST ONE, A-F GRADING SYSTEM WILL BE ADDRESSED THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM. THERE’S A RESOLUTION THAT IS GOING TO BE SHARED, I THINK, AND THEN– BUT AS FAR AS THE DISCUSSION DURING THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE BACK ON JANUARY 29TH WAS THAT THE– WE WERE STILL WAITING, THE DEPARTMENT’S STILL WAITING FOR SOME KIND OF GUIDANCE FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE, AND THAT THE COMMITTEE AT THAT TIME FELT THAT THEY WOULD WAIT TO SEE WHAT THAT WAS. AND I THINK THAT’S GOING TO BE ADDRESSED AGAIN IN THE RESOLUTION THAT THE BOARD WILL TAKE UP IN THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM. FUNDING FOR EDUCATION, I KIND OF JUST TOUCHED ON, TOO, THAT THE COMMITTEE WAS WILLING TO DEFER TO WHAT THE GOVERNOR WAS GOING TO RECOMMEND IN HER EXECUTIVE BUDGET. BUT THERE WAS SINCERE INTEREST ON THE COMMITTEE TO ADDRESS BOTH OF THOSE ISSUES.>>YES, WE’RE JUST WAITING FOR THE GOVERNOR TO REPORT AND GIVE HER TAKE ON THESE TWO ITEMS. AND ALSO, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE, AND I KNOW THERE IS GOING TO BE SOME MORE MOVEMENT FROM THE BOARD TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE, SO WE’RE GOING TO BE HEARING SOME MORE ON THESE TWO TOPICS. AND SO WE’LL CONTINUE REPORTING ON THIS, TOO, AND NUMBER ONE AND NUMBER TWO, AND HOPEFULLY ADD ANOTHER FROM THE PRIORITY LIST FROM THE STATE BOARD. ANY INPUT, JUDY, NIKKI, OR TIFFANY?>>NO.>>OKAY. ALL RIGHT, NOW WE GO TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON. AND THE COMMITTEE IS RECOMMENDING TUESDAY, MARCH THE 12TH FROM 10:30 TO 1:00 IN THE AFTERNOON FOR THIS LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON.>>DO WE NEED TO VOTE ON THAT OR SOMETHING?>>WE CAN, WE CAN, IF THE BOARD LIKES TO. BUT THAT’S WHAT WE’RE RECOMMENDING, AND WE HAD SOME INPUT FROM THE– FROM MARTY AND THE MDE TEAM AS TO WHY THAT WOULD BE A GOOD DATE AND WHY THE AMOUNT OF TIME, BECAUSE THE LEGISLATURE IS IN SESSION, AND THEN THEY– THEY CAN CHOOSE A TIME WHEN THEY CAN COME IN. IT WILL MOSTLY BE LIKE AN OPEN HOUSE, SO THEY CAN COME AND GO. AND THEN WE DECIDED TO INVITE AS MANY PEOPLE AS WE COULD, SO WE COULD GET A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PEOPLE TO COME, BECAUSE MANY OF THEM PROBABLY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COME. SO ANYWAY, SO WE’RE– WE’RE RECOMMENDING THAT. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOTE ON IT, THEN [ INDISTINCT ] OR GIVE US SOME INPUT.>>[ INAUDIBLE ]. ARE WE GOING TO LET THEM INVITE THEIR STAFF?>>IN THE PAST WE HAVEN’T NECESSARILY HAD STAFF. WE JUST HAD–>>I REMEMBER WE HAD ONE EITHER LAST YEAR OR THE YEAR BEFORE. OKAY, SO THIS TIME NO– INSTEAD OF THE–>>OH, MIGHT HAVE SENT THEIR STAFF INSTEAD, YEAH.>>SO I DON’T KNOW.>>BETTER THAN NOBODY.>>YEAH.>>WELL. IS IT JUST THE EDUCATION COMMITTEES OR THE APPROPRIATIONS AND COMMITTEES, OR IS IT JUST ED?>>JUST EDUCATION.>>EDUCATION.>>NO, AND APPROPRIATION.>>SUBCOMMITTEES.>>SO IT’S APPROPRIATIONS AND EDUCATION?>>APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEES ON K-12.>>OH, SUBCOMMITTEES, OKAY.>>RIGHT.>>AND THE STANDING COMMITTEES.>>IS THAT DATE GOOD TO GO, THEN, WITH EVERYBODY?>>I THINK WE’RE GOOD TO GO, YEP.>>WE’LL BE HERE.>>OKAY, AND WE WANT TO INVITE YOU TO OUR COMMITTEE MEETINGS. WE’RE GOING TO TRY– SEE WHAT– HOW THIS SCHEDULE WORKS ON TUESDAYS AT 1:00 P.M. WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO GET TOGETHER IN PERSON AS OFTEN AS WE CAN SO WE CAN DO BUSINESS PHYSICALLY THERE AT THE OFFICE. IF NOT, THERE’S A TELEPHONE NUMBER THAT PEOPLE CAN CALL. SO THESE ARE THE DATES THAT WE CAME UP WITH, AND HOPEFULLY WE’RE OF SERVICE TO EVERYBODY THAT IS INVOLVED WITH WHAT WE DO AS A STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. AND SO, AGAIN, I ASK JUDY, NIKKI, OR TIFFANY, DO YOU HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL REMARKS TO MAKE, OR INPUT?>>NO.>>LUPE, THIS IS PAM. JUST A QUESTION. SO ON THE MISSION STATEMENT AND THE GOALS, DID YOU– DID YOU– YOU JUST ASKED THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR INPUT, OR WERE YOU ASKING US TO GIVE INPUT AT A LATER TIME?>>NO– OKAY, WHAT WE DID IS WE– WE HAD TALKED TO EACH OTHER, AND I THINK I TEXTED THEM AND I CALLED THEM, TOO. AND SO– AND I WROTE TO THEM, TO THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS, AND WE ALL COULD COME UP WITH A MISSION STATEMENT AND GOALS. AND SO THEN MARTY HELPED US WITH THE MISSION STATEMENT. AND THEN THE GOALS, JUDY INTRODUCED ONE. I INTRODUCED ANOTHER ONE. AND WE CAN ADD MORE GOALS TO WHAT WE HAVE, BUT THESE WERE DISCUSSED AT THE LAST MEETING. AND WE– I THINK AT LAST MEETING, I ASKED THE COMMITTEE TO TURN IN RECOMMENDATIONS. SO THAT’S– THE FLOOR IS STILL OPEN. THIS IS A WORKING COMMITTEE AND AN ONGOING COMMITTEE, SO ANYBODY CAN– CAN MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS, AND I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF IT’S IN WRITING, SO THEN WE CAN, AS A COMMITTEE, ALL HAVE THE INFORMATION AND WE CAN DECIDE WHAT IS NEEDED FOR THIS WORKING COMMITTEE.>>THANKS, LUPE.>>OKAY, WITH THAT, MARTY, DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO ADD?>>NO, THANK YOU.>>OKAY, THANK YOU. THANK YOU, COMMITTEE AND MARTY. WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT AND YOUR HELP.>>LUPE, THANK YOU. THANK YOU, LUPE, AND JUDY, NIKKI, AND TIFFANY AND MARTY AS WELL. SO THANK YOU FOR THAT VERY THOROUGH REPORT. TIFFANY, DO YOU HAVE A NASBE REPORT THIS MONTH?>>NO, WE DON’T– I DON’T HAVE ANY UPDATES YET. JUDY AND I, I THINK, ARE ALL SET, THOUGH, TO GO FOR THE NEW TRAINING WITH NASBE IN THE SUMMER, SO EXCITED ABOUT THAT.>>THAT’S WONDERFUL.>>WHEN IS IT?>>IT’S IN JUNE.>>ON THE 13TH, 14TH.>>I WENT TO THAT. [ INDISTINCT ].>>THANK YOU. OUR NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS THE ADDITION OF A RESOLUTION TO GIVE PRESIDENT CASANDRA ULBRICH AUTHORITY TO WORK WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE ON THE LETTER GRADE STATUTE. MAY I PLEASE HAVE A MOTION?>>SO MOVED.>>SUPPORT.>>SO– CAN I–?>>YES.>>OKAY. SO AS YOU KNOW, THE DEPARTMENT HAS ASKED FOR AN OPINION FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE REGARDING ELEMENTS OF THE A-F LAW, WHICH AT SOME POINT WE’LL PROBABLY SHARE SOME FEEDBACK FROM THAT. THIS IS ASIDE FROM THAT. SO IN THE MEANTIME, I, LIKE MANY OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, HAVE BEEN FIELDING QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS FROM THE FIELD. AND GIVEN THAT, I’M ASKING FOR THIS RESOLUTION, WHICH WOULD GIVE ME BOARD AUTHORITY TO REACH OUT TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD TO SEEK ADDITIONAL CLARITY ON SOME QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS THAT WE HAVE BEEN HEARING. THIS CLARITY COULD ULTIMATELY LEAD TO THE NEED TO REQUEST OUR OWN OFFICIAL OPINION BASED ON THESE ITEMS, AND SO I HAVE A RESOLUTION HERE, WHICH I WILL READ. BUT JUST BEFORE I DO THAT, IS THIS RESOLUTION REQUIRED IN ORDER FOR ME TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION? I DON’T THINK THAT IT IS. HOWEVER, I WOULD RATHER ERR ON THE SIDE OF TRANSPARENCY, AND FROM MY OWN PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE, I WOULD PREFER TO HAVE THE STATED SUPPORT OF THE BOARD IN ORDER TO HAVE THESE CONVERSATIONS. SO THOSE ARE THE TWO REASONS THAT I’M BRINGING THIS FORWARD TODAY. SO THE RESOLUTION WOULD READ THAT, “THE STATE BOARD “OF EDUCATION DESIGNATE “PRESIDENT CASANDRA ULBRICH “TO DISCUSS SUBSECTION 1280g “OF 2018 PUBLIC ACT 601, “PERTAINING TO THE STATEWIDE “SYSTEM OF PUBLIC SCHOOL “ACCOUNTABILITY MEASUREMENTS, “ALSO KNOWN AS A-F, WITH “THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT “OF ATTORNEY GENERAL. “ALSO AUTHORIZE “PRESIDENT CASANDRA ULBRICH “TO REQUEST ON BEHALF OF “THE BOARD AN ATTORNEY GENERAL “OPINION ON THE LEGALITY “OF 1280g AS NEEDED, “AND TO GIVE DIRECTION “TO THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT “OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION ON “HOW TO PROCEED CONSISTENT WITH “THE [ INDISTINCT ] “OF ANY REQUESTED OPINION “ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD.”>>SO MOVED.>>WE HAVE A MOTION BY TOM, SUPPORTED BY PAM. DISCUSSION, PLEASE.>>I THINK WE WOULD– WE WOULD HAVE ISSUES IF WE WERE DELEGATING THE ABILITY TO HAVE YOU MAKE A DEAL, MAKE AN AGREEMENT OR SOMETHING, BUT– BECAUSE I DON’T THINK WE CAN DO THAT. BUT CERTAINLY, I TRUST YOU, PARTICULARLY IN THIS AREA, AND IN GENERAL, BUT– I MEAN, WE HAVE AREAS OF DISAGREEMENT. THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM.>>OKAY.>>SO I’M VERY– MANY OF THEM, WE DON’T DISAGREE. SO THIS ONE I, YOU KNOW, CERTAINLY I THINK THERE’S SOME REAL CONCERNS ABOUT IT. WE HEAR FROM– LIKE YOU SAID, THE FIELD A LOT, AND IT WAS A– IT WAS A MESS, WHAT WAS PASSED. PARTIALLY WE KIND OF GUMMED UP THE SITUATION BY HELPING STOP IT AND SLOW IT DOWN, AND– BECAUSE THERE WERE A TON OF PROBLEMS WITH IT, AND THERE STILL ARE. SO I’M HOPING THAT YOU CAN SUCCESSFULLY HAVE GOOD DISCUSSIONS. [ INDISTINCT ]. [ LAUGHTER ]>>OTHER COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS? OKAY, SEEING NONE, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE.>>AYE.>>THOSE OPPOSED, NAY. MOTION CARRIES.>>THANK YOU.>>OKAY. SO LET’S GO TO– BACK ON OUR AGENDA TO STATE SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH AND SEE IF MIKE COLLINS IS ON THE LINE.>>I AM RIGHT HERE. I’VE BEEN LISTENING TO YOU, ACTUALLY. SO GOOD AFTERNOON.>>GOOD AFTERNOON.>>SO WE HAD A VERY BRIEF DISCUSSION, AND AT THIS POINT, I THINK WE CAN TURN IT OVER TO YOU, IF YOU HAVE ANY UPDATES FOR US.>>BE HAPPY TO, CASANDRA. AND THANK YOU, ONE AND ALL, AND NICE TO JOIN YOU, EVEN BY TELEPHONE. I’M GOING TO DO SOME QUICK SUMMARIES FROM THE LAST TIME THAT WE WERE WITH YOU. MANY THINGS HAVE TRANSPIRED. ONE IS OBVIOUSLY THE APPLICATION IS UP AND CIRCULATED NATIONWIDE. SO FAR THERE HAVE BEEN 46 INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE DRAWN APPLICATIONS. 17 ARE COMPLETED. 29 ARE NOT COMPLETED YET, AND WE STILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME, WHICH IS NOT UNUSUAL, ACTUALLY. THE 17 NUMBER COMPLETED A MONTH IN ADVANCE IS ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD. THAT’S A DECENT NUMBER, AND THE REAL RUSH WILL COME IN THE LAST TEN DAYS, TO BE QUITE HONEST WITH YOU. I DON’T WANT TO REALLY GET INTO THE QUALITY OF THEM YET. I CAN TELL YOU YOU HAVE A NUMBER OF– OF THE ONES PULLED, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT HAVE OPENED APPLICATIONS, WHETHER THEY’VE FINISHED THEM OR NOT, WHO WERE ALSO RECOMMENDED BY THE PEOPLE, AND THAT CORRELATION IS ALWAYS VERY HELPFUL. AND KIND OF REFRESHING, REWARDING IN THAT OTHERS HAVE SAW FIT TO SHARE THEIR NAMES– THESE SAME NAMES WITH US, AND THEY ARE AT LEAST INTERESTED ENOUGH TO GO IN AND START WORK ON IT. IT’S NOT AN EASY PROCESS. BY THE TIME YOU ASSEMBLE EVERYTHING, IT’S PROBABLY A FIVE-HOUR ENDEAVOR. BUT WITH THOSE, THEY’LL START TO PICK UP, AND THEN THE LAST TWO WEEKS– FROM THE 1ST OF MARCH ON IS WHEN THEY’LL REALLY PICK UP. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T WANT THEIR NAME OUT– YOU KNOW, JUST DON’T WANT TO COMPLETE IT UNTIL THEN. ALSO, SINCE THEN, WE HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY, BASED ON THE LISTS THAT WE STARTED AND YOU FINISHED AND COMPILED– WE HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH 20– REPRESENTATIVES OF 27 OF THE GROUPS YOU GAVE US. WE STILL HAVE TEN TO GO. OF THOSE TEN, AS OF THIS AFTERNOON, WE HAVE THREE FOLLOW-UP ONES ALREADY SCHEDULED BY THE END OF THE WEEK– WE ARE DOING THESE AS PHONE CALLS NOW. ALMOST EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM THAT HADN’T GOTTEN BACK, WE REACHED OUT TO. THEY JUST COULDN’T MAKE MEETINGS WITH US WHEN WE WERE ALL TOGETHER IN JANUARY. SO WE INTEND TO FINISH THAT– IDEALLY, WE’D FINISH THEM ALL BY FRIDAY. IN REALITY, GIVEN, HONESTLY, SOME OF THE– HOW SOME OF THESE GROUPS RESPOND, I WOULD SAY BY EARLY NEXT WEEK, WE WILL HAVE THEM ALL DONE. BUT SO– NO, IT’S BEEN EXTREMELY HELPFUL, EXTREMELY ENLIGHTENING FOR US TO HEAR FROM SUCH VARIED GROUPS, NUMBER ONE, AND NUMBER TWO IS THE PERSPECTIVES. I’D LIKE TO TAKE JUST A MINUTE AND TELL YOU THAT THERE ARE, YOU KNOW, WHAT I CALL TRENDS OR THEMES THAT ARE EMERGING VERY, YOU KNOW, VERY CLEARLY. NUMBER ONE IS MOST OF THE CONVERSATION OR RAISING OF THE ITEM ON THE TOP 10 IN 10 REALLY CAME PRIMARILY FROM STAFF CONVERSATIONS AND NOT NECESSARILY FROM THE OUTSIDE. SO AT LEAST INTERNALLY, I THINK IT HAS– YOU KNOW, IT HAS– IT HAS VELCRO, IT’S STICKY. EXTERNALLY, I’M NOT SURE NEARLY AS MUCH. SO THAT’S JUST A PIECE OF INFORMATION FOR YOU. THE– SOME OF THE OTHER THEMES OR TRENDS, THEY DEFINITELY WANT SOMEBODY– THERE’S A HIGHER PERCENTAGE THAT WOULD LIKE SOMEBODY FROM MICHIGAN THAT EITHER SAYS THEY DON’T CARE EITHER WAY, OR NO, MAYBE WE NEED A NEW PERSPECTIVE AND LOOKING OUTSIDE WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL. IT’S NOT OVERWHELMING, BUT IT’S SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAT THEY’D LIKE THIS PERSON TO BE FROM MICHIGAN. THERE WERE DEFINITELY MANY COMPLIMENTS ON THE WORK THAT WAS BEING DONE, PARTICULARLY BY THE PREVIOUS SUPERINTENDENT AND BY THE STAFF, BOTH WITH HIM AND SINCE THEN. THE OTHER THING THAT GOT– WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT STRENGTHS OF THE SYSTEM, TEACHERS OVERWHELMINGLY WERE IDENTIFIED AS A STRENGTH IN ALL THE– YOU KNOW, IN RESPECT TO DISTRICTS, OR IN RESPECT TO DISCIPLINES THAT THEY MIGHT TOUCH OR REPRESENT. MOST OF THE STAKEHOLDER GROUPS WERE VERY PLEASED AND APPRECIATIVE THAT THEY WERE INCLUDED WHEN WE WERE DOING THIS. AND IN MANY CASES, IT WAS LIKE, “OH, THIS IS REALLY GREAT. WE’RE DELIGHTED YOU’RE ASKING. WE’RE SURPRISED, YOU KNOW, THAT YOU PUT US TOGETHER.” SO THERE SEEMS TO BE GOODWILL IN THIS. WHEN WE TALKED TO THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE, WE GOT THE TWO POLICY LEADERS, THE OVERALL CHIEF POLICY ADVISOR AND THE EDUCATION POLICY PERSON. WE DID NOT GET GOVERNOR WHITMER, BUT THEY WERE EXTREMELY HELPFUL. AND WHAT I OVERHEARD– YOU KNOW, WHEN I WAS LISTENING AND YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT HER STATE OF THE STATE, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION TO THIS GOVERNOR, WE HEARD THAT LOUD AND CLEAR FROM THOSE POLICY ADVISORS THEMSELVES. AND I THINK THERE’S A REAL AVENUE FOR REAL GOOD, STRONG DIALOGUE GOING FORWARD, AND PARTICULARLY FOR THIS NEW INDIVIDUAL. ONE OF THE OTHER CONSENSUS THAT THEY ASKED FOR WAS THEY WANTED THE NEW SUPERINTENDENT TO WORK CLOSELY WITH THE NEW GOVERNOR AND ELECTED OFFICIALS ON EDUCATION POLICY INITIATIVES, AND ACTUALLY, IN SOME CASES, STRENGTHEN THAT RELATIONSHIP. THEY ALSO– THE OTHER COMMON THEME THAT CAME OUT THAT’S WHAT WE WOULD CALL A CHALLENGE IS– IT WAS DOLLARS. THE DOLLAR QUESTIONS, BOTH IN TERMS OF DOLLARS AVAILABLE TO DISTRICTS AS WELL AS THE DEPARTMENT, WERE RAISED VERY, VERY OFTEN. THE BIGGEST ACADEMIC GUIDE POINT, WHICH WON’T BE A SURPRISE TO ANY OF YOU, IS THAT, YOU KNOW, IMPROVING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IS HEADS AND SHOULDERS, AND THE OTHER ONE THAT GOT QUITE A BIT OF MENTION– AND KEEP IN MIND, WE ALSO MET WITH THE SPECIAL ED ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THE PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY SERVICE COMMITTEE OF MICHIGAN, BUT WAS SPECIAL ED ALONGSIDE OF ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. THERE WAS CONTINUAL COMMENTS ABOUT THIS NEW PERSON– IF– NEEDS TO COME WITH DIVERSE WORKING EXPERIENCES, OR WORKING IN ENVIRONMENTS THAT WERE DIVERSE, AND BEING AN– AND BEING ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE, YOU KNOW, WHAT THEY HAVE DONE IN THAT ARENA. THAT SURFACED A GREAT DEAL. THEY’RE LOOKING FOR A STRONG LEADER, A GOOD COMMUNICATOR. NONE OF THOSE, I DON’T THINK, WOULD SURPRISE YOU. BUT ALSO SOMEONE THAT’S NOT AFRAID TO TAKE ON DIFFICULT CHALLENGES, WHO’S ABLE TO BUILD BRIDGES, WHO’S A SYSTEMS THINKER, AND TO KEEP MOVING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TOWARDS A SERVICE-ORIENTED ORGANIZATION AS OPPOSED TO– OR NOT OVERWHELMED BY BEING REGULATORY. THAT– THOSE SEEMED TO BE THE COMMON THREADS AND THEMES THAT HAVE SURFACED. AND ALL OF THESE– KEEP IN MIND, THE QUESTIONS WERE THINGS LIKE, “WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES AND WHAT ARE THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE EDUCATION– THE MICHIGAN EDUCATION SYSTEM? WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY ISSUES YOU BELIEVE THIS NEW SUPERINTENDENT WILL FACE RIGHT AWAY?” THERE’S ONE ON, “PLEASE CITE THE CHARACTERISTICS AND QUALITIES YOU’D LIKE TO SEE IN THE NEW SUPERINTENDENT.” THERE IS ONE ON GENERAL STATEMENTS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO GUIDE THE SELECTION PROCESS. AND THEN THERE’S A QUESTION ON– SPECIFICALLY, WHICH IS WHERE WE GET THEM FROM– “DO YOU HAVE ANYBODY THAT YOU WANT TO RECOMMEND?” AND WE’VE HAD A COUPLE THAT WE DIDN’T REACH OUT TO, BECAUSE THEY’RE REALLY NOT QUALIFIED AT ALL, AND– EVEN THOUGH SOMEBODY GAVE US THEIR NAME. BUT IN MOST CASES WHERE THEY SEEMED TO HAVE SOME, YOU KNOW, ADEQUATE QUALIFICATIONS, WE AT LEAST LET THEM KNOW THAT THEIR NAME HAS BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD BY SOMEBODY. IT DOESN’T MEAN THEY’RE– THAT GROUP IS RECOMMENDING THEM. THEY JUST HAVE HAD THEIR NAME, YOU KNOW, SHOUTED OUT THROUGH THEM. SO ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS ON WHERE WE’VE BEEN IN THE LAST MONTH?>>I DON’T SEE ANY QUESTIONS, MIKE.>>I GUESS WITH THE GROUPS–>>OKAY, THANK YOU.>>HOLD ON, HOLD ON.>>WAIT, I’M SORRY. WITH THE GROUPS THAT WE LISTED OUT, DID YOU SAY THAT YOU HAVE CONTACTED THEM AND THINK THAT YOU WILL WRAP THEM ALL UP NEXT WEEK? OR WERE THERE ANY THAT YOU WERE HAVING PROBLEM–>>YEP.>>OKAY, ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU.>>THERE HAVE BEEN SOME CHALLENGES IN GETTING RESPONSES, BUT WE’RE KIND OF RELENTLESS RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE WE WANT TO GET THIS DONE. SO WE’VE GOT THE VAST MAJORITY COMPLETED ALREADY.>>GOTCHA, OKAY.>>SO–>>SO IF I MAY– GO AHEAD. I’M SORRY.>>OH, I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY, SO MARCH 11TH IS THE DATE IN WHICH APPLICANTS MUST FILE, AND THEN MARCH 12TH IS OUR STATE BOARD OF ED MEETING. AND HOW SOON AFTER THE 11TH DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD HAVE THE PACKET AVAILABLE FOR US TO BE ABLE TO REVIEW THE CANDIDATES?>>OKAY, SO– AND I’M ASSUMING THAT’S CASANDRA THAT’S SPEAKING?>>YES, SORRY, YEP.>>NO, I’M LEARNING TO RECOGNIZE YOUR VOICE. [ LAUGHTER ]>>SO IN CONVERSATIONS WITH MARILYN IN THE LAST FEW DAYS PARTICULARLY– AND MARILYN– I KNOW MARILYN IS GOING TO PUT OUT THESE DATES TO SEE WHERE YOU ALL ARE. DO YOU MIND, MARILYN, IF I KIND OF START TO REVIEW, AT LEAST THROUGH MARCH. IS THAT ALL RIGHT WITH YOU?>>OH, I’M– DO WHATEVER YOU NEED TO DO, MIKE.>>OKAY, WELL, THANK YOU. SO WHAT WE’RE DISCUSSING IS– IT CLOSES ON THE 11TH. I WILL COME TO THE BOARD MEETING ON THE 12TH, AND DO A PRECURSORY SUMMARY– HOW MANY APPLICATIONS, HOW MANY WERE COMPLETED, WHAT’S THE GENDER MAKEUP PERCENTAGE-WISE, WHAT’S THE ETHNICITY PERCENTAGE-WISE, ET CETERA, ET CETERA FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC. THE THOUGHT THEN IS IS THAT ON THE 13TH, IF YOU CAN COME BACK OR STAY– I WOULD MUCH PREFER TO DO IT IN THE MORNING, SOMEWHAT SELFISHLY, ON THE 13TH, I WOULD HAVE WITH ME, AND IN AN EXECUTIVE SESSION, I CAN LITERALLY SHOW YOU EVERY APPLICANT. WE’LL PUT IT ON A SCREEN, BECAUSE IT WILL BE ELECTRONIC. WE’RE NOT GOING TO– WE’RE NOT GOING TO– HONESTLY, WE’RE GOING TO KILL THAT MANY TREES TO BRING YOU EVERY SINGLE APPLICATION. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, WE CAN OPEN IT AND YOU CAN SEE IT QUICKLY. YOU CAN STOP, YOU CAN ASK QUESTIONS, ET CETERA. SO AT LEAST YOU WILL HAVE A CHANCE AT THAT TIME FRAME TO HAVE SEEN ALL OF THE APPLICATIONS. THEN WE WOULD MOVE TO EITHER– AND THIS IS PRETTY QUICK FOR US. AND I’M A LITTLE RELUCTANT, BUT IF WE HAVE TO, WE’LL DO ALL WE CAN TO– SOMEWHERE AROUND THE 21ST OR 22ND– AND THAT IS BRING YOU YOUR 10, 12, 15, UNLESS YOU GIVE THEM TO US SOONER. YOU KNOW, IN OUR CONVERSATION, I ENVISION YOU’LL GIVE US MORE PREFERENCES. BUT WE NEED TO GO IN AND REALLY– WE START OUR, YOU KNOW, BACKGROUND REVIEWS WITH OUR OTHER ASSOCIATES, AND THAT TAKES– WE’D LIKE TO HAVE TEN DAYS. WE CAN DO IT IN A WEEK. SO IT’S WHERE WE CALL THE REFERENCES, THEY’RE GOOGLED, WE CHECK ALL OF THE MEDIA WHERE THEY LIVE, ET CETERA, ET CETERA. SO WE TRY NOT TO HAVE ANY EMBARRASSMENTS IN THAT, YOU KNOW, WHAT I CALL THE QUARTER FINAL ROUND, WHICH IS AROUND– IT COULD BE AS HIGH AS 15. A LOT OF TIMES IT’S 10 TO 12. FROM THAT, AT THAT MEETING, EITHER AS EARLY AS THE 21ST OR 22ND– AND THE CHALLENGE– PART OF THE FLY IN THE OINTMENT IS ME, BECAUSE I AM GONE FROM THE 23RD TO THE 30TH. SO IT WILL EITHER BE THEN OR THE BEGINNING OF APRIL, WE WILL NEED TO CONVENE– FROM THEN, WE WOULD CONVENE YOU AND YOU WOULD REDUCE THE 10 TO 12, 10 TO 15 TO YOUR TOP 4 TO 6 TO BRING IN FOR INTERVIEWS. THOSE INTERVIEWS WOULD OCCUR ROUGHLY 7 TO 10 DAYS AFTER THAT, WITH THOSE INTERVIEWS COMING OUT OF THAT. AND WE DO NOT SIT IN ON THEM, UNLESS THEY ARE PUBLIC. AND I’M UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT THESE DON’T HAVE TO BE PUBLIC UNTIL WE GET DOWN TO THE TWO FINALISTS, BUT I KNOW MARILYN AND EVERYBODY IS CHECKING ON THAT TO MAKE SURE IT’S ACCURATE. THEN WHEN YOU GET DOWN TO — THEN YOU GET TO THE FOUR TO SIX AND YOU INTERVIEW THEM, WE WILL SIT IN WITH YOU ON THE CONSENSUS PROCESS TO SELECT YOUR TWO TO THREE FINALISTS. WE’RE NOW LOOKING TYPICALLY AT THE THIRD WEEK IN APRIL. AND THE LAST WEEK IN APRIL, YOU’LL BRING IN THE TWO FINALISTS, AND CONDUCT YOUR FINAL INTERVIEWS. AND OBSERVERS TO THE INTERVIEWS. WE WILL HAVE IMPRESSION SHEETS. WE DO NOT ASK ANYBODY TO VOTE. THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT VOTE ON THE SUPERINTENDENT IS THE BOARD. BUT WE GIVE THEM AN IMPRESSION SHEET, SO YOU’LL HAVE A CHANCE TO REVIEW WHAT THE AUDIENCE’S IMPRESSIONS WERE AS WELL, BEFORE YOU MAKE THE FINAL DECISION. SO THAT WHOLE PROCESS GETS US TO WHERE THE TIME — THAT IS WHAT THE TIMELINE IS. AND THAT WOULD MEAN YOU WOULD BE IN A POSITION, UNLESS THERE IS A SLIGHT HICCUP OR TRAVEL BECOMES TOUGH FOR SOMEBODY, TO MAKE YOUR SELECTION BY THE END OF APRIL. AND I DON’T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO WAIT UNTIL YOUR MAY MEETING TO ANNOUNCE IT. THAT WILL BE UP TO YOU. BUT WE SHOULD — YOU SHOULD BE IN YOU SHOULD BE IN A POSITION TO AT LEAST START CONTRACT CONVERSATIONS AND EVERYTHING BY THE END OF APRIL. SO THAT’S WHAT’S ENVISIONED. THE QUESTION WILL BE THAT MARILYN WILL WORK WITH CASANDRA AND THE REST OF YOU IS, DO WE REALLY NEED TO BUST IT SO WE CAN MAKE THE 21ST OR 22ND, OR CAN WE WAIT UNTIL THE FIRST WEEK IN APRIL, AND THEN WE GO BACK TO THE REAL MYSTERY, IS WHEN IS EVERYBODY’S SPRING BREAK? SO, THAT’S KIND OF THE STATE OF THE ART. AGAIN, HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS. BUT I THINK YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO NEED TO NOODLE WITH YOUR CALENDAR. WE’RE GOING TO BE AS FLEXIBLE AS POSSIBLE, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THAT ONE WEEK, WHEN I’M GONE. AND WHEN WE GET DOWN TO THESE DISCUSSIONS, AT LEAST IN SOME OF THEM, RYAN RAY WILL JOIN ME AS WELL.>>ANY QUESTIONS?>>THIS IS LUPE. ARE YOU GOING TO BE SENDING THAT INFORMATION IN WRITING TO US?>>YEAH, AS SOON AS WE GET THE DATES THAT ARE BEST FOR YOU, THAT MARILYN IS FACILITATING, THEN WE’LL LAY THIS WHOLE THING OUT IN A MEMO TO YOU THROUGH HER, IF THAT’S AGREEABLE WITH YOU.>>OKAY. I JUST WANT TO CHECK MY CALENDAR AS SOON AS I CAN.>>SURELY. SURELY.>>BUT, I KNOW IN MARCH, I HAVE A SOCIAL JUSTICE MARCH AND A WHOLE BUNCH OF ACTIVITIES ON MARCH 13TH AND 14TH. SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I AM THERE. AND IT’S SNOWING LIKE CATS AND DOGS AGAIN. SO ANYWAY. [ LAUGHTER ] IT’S SNOWING A LOT HERE.>>LET ME THROW OUT THIS, IN TERMS OF JUST SHOWING YOU ALL THE APPLICATIONS IN THEIR REVIEW PROCESS, IF IT’S EASIER– AGAIN, WE’LL SEE WHAT MOTHER NATURE SAYS IS EASIER, BUT — IS– IF YOU WANT TO STAY LATE ON THE 12TH– I CAN DO IT ON THE 12TH. IT WILL BE IN OUR SYSTEM, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? IT’S ALL GOING UP OFF A LAPTOP OR CHROMEBOOK ONTO A SCREEN. SO IF WE DID– IF YOU CAN’T STAY ON THE 13TH, OR THAT BECOMES CUMBERSOME FOR A NUMBER OF YOU, WE CAN DO IT ON THE — AT THE END OF YOUR MEETING IN AN EXECUTIVE SESSION, IF YOU CHOOSE.>>CERTAINLY AN OPTION TO THINK ABOUT.>>I’LL PUT IT ON A LIST OF OPTIONS THAT YOU’LL GET AN EMAIL FROM JEN COOK OR I TOMORROW OR THE NEXT DAY.>>RIGHT.>>MARCH 12TH OR 13TH. OUR MEETING IS THE 12TH.>>RIGHT. RIGHT.>>OKAY. AND THEN LUPE SAID APRIL 15TH, I THINK.>>YES.>>THAT WAS THE DATE.>>AND MARCH 22ND IS ANOTHER OPTION, AS WELL. 21ST AND 22ND.>>ANYTHING ELSE? GREAT.>>OKAY. THANK YOU, CASANDRA. THANK YOU, MIKE.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, AND DON’T HESITATE TO SHARE ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT. SO, IT’S A PLEASURE WORKING WITH YOU, AND I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO YOU GUYS SEEING SOME REALLY GOOD CANDIDATES.>>THANKS.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>THANK YOU, MIKE. MOVING ON TO OUR CONSENT AGENDA. MAY I PLEASE HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA?>>SO MOVED.>>DO WE DO THE MOTION FIRST OR DO WE DO QUESTIONS FIRST?>>MOTION THEN DISCUSSION.>>MOTION THEN DISCUSSION.>>I MOVE THE MOTION.>>THANK YOU, LUPE. DO I HAVE SECOND?>>I’LL SECOND.>>OKAY. I HAVE A MOTION BY LUPE, SECOND BY JUDY. AND DISCUSSION, PLEASE? QUESTIONS, DISCUSSION?>>YEAH, I JUST HAD QUESTIONS. YOU DON’T HAVE TO COME AROUND HERE. IS IT KYLE, OR I DON’T KNOW WHO WOULD BE ANSWERING THEM. BUT, I MEAN, WHEN I LOOK AT THE CRITERIA FOR THE GRANTS, A LOT OF THEM, OR MAYBE MOST OF THEM SAID THE GRANT– IT’S FOR A CERTAIN SPECIFIC ENTITY. IT’S NOT A GRANT THAT PEOPLE APPLY FOR.>>RIGHT.>>IT’S A GRANT — SO THE LEGISLATURE TARGETED AND SAID — SOMEHOW NARROWED IT AND SAID THIS IS SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS ONE? OKAY. AND ONE OF THEM IS FOR TEACH FOR AMERICA? OKAY. AND THEN THE MiSTEM– I MEAN THE MICHIGAN MERIT CURRICULUM, THIS IS MATH AND SCIENCE, RIGHT? AND THE MATH PORTION OF THE CURRICULUM IS TIED TO HAVING CORE MATH STANDARDS, RIGHT?>>[ INDISTINCT ]. RIGHT. SO, I MEAN– I KNOW– I MEAN, THESE ARE GRANTS. WE DON’T REALLY HAVE ANY SAY– ALTHOUGH WE DID KIND OF PUSH BACK ON THE MARSHALL PLANNED GRANTS. SO, I KNOW I’M NOT– MAYBE NOT IN THE MAJORITY, BUT I HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT I JUST HEARD. ABOUT TEACH FOR AMERICA AND FOR COMMON CORE ALLIANCE STANDARDS, AND WHETHER I WANT TO BE HELPING PROMOTE THEM OR NOT. SO, THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, TOM. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? YES, MICHELLE.>>SO THE TEACH FOR AMERICA, I BELIEVE THIS JUST COMES FROM THE FEDS, AND WE– [ INAUDIBLE ].>>WE’RE TRAINING DETROIT TEACHERS BUT A DIFFERENT ORGANIZATION TO DO IT.>>IT WAS A FEDERAL PROGRAMS. I DON’T KNOW.>>ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS? OKAY, SEEING NONE, ALL IN FAVOR PLEASE SAY AYE.>>AYE.>>AYE. [ LAUGHTER ]>>WELL, THAT WAS HARDY. LET’S TRY THAT AGAIN. OKAY. ALL OF THOSE IN FAVOR PLEASE SAY AYE.>>AYE. [ LAUGHTER ]>>MARILYN, CAN I GET A COUNT?>>WE DON’T HAVE A — I MEAN, IT’S –>>I’M NOT HAPPY –>>IT’S NOT US.>>YEAH, I KNOW.>>OKAY. I’M GOING TO TRY ONE MORE TIME, OTHERWISE I’M GOING TO TAKE THE ROLL. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR PLEASE SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE.>>AYE.>>AYE. [ LAUGHTER ]>>THOSE OPPOSED?>>NAY.>>NAY.>>OKAY. LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE TWO OPPOSED. OKAY. SO MOTION CARRIES.>>I UNDERSTAND THE NAYS, LET’S JUST SAY.>>YEAH.>>I GET IT.>>SO DO I.>>ALL RIGHT, COMMENTS BY STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS. ARE THERE ANY BOARD MEMBER WHO WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE COMMENTS TODAY? CASANDRA.>>I HAVE A REQUEST FOR AN UPCOMING BOARD MEETING. THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF STUDIES DONE IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS ON SCHOOL FUNDING AND FINANCE. THE MOST RECENT ONE BEING THE ONE OUT OF MICHIGAN STATE THAT HAD US LISTED AS 50TH OUT OF 50TH IN INCREASED SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION. AND I THINK THAT ALL OF THESE– THE TALKING POINTS AND ALL OF THESE REPORTS BECOME VERY CONFUSING BECAUSE THEY SEEM TO SOMETIMES CONTRADICT ONE ANOTHER. SO I WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND THAT WE TAKE AT LEAST A MORNING SESSION OF AN UPCOMING MEETING, PERHAPS EVEN IN MARCH, SINCE WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF BUDGETS TIME, AND DO A REAL DEEP DIVE INTO HOW SCHOOLS ARE FUNDED IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW WE CAN HAVE LINE ITEMS THAT SEEM TO BE THE LARGEST EVER, AND AT THE SAME TIME HAVE REPORTS THAT DEMONSTRATE THAT LESS AND LESS MONEY IS GOING INTO OUR CLASSROOMS. HOW DO THOSE TWO THINGS EXIST TOGETHER? I THINK IT WOULD BE REALLY HELPFUL, NOT ONLY FOR US, BUT FOR THE GENERAL POPULACE, AS WELL AS ALL OF THE NEW LEGISLATORS. AND HOPEFULLY THEY WOULD WANT TO COME AND AT LEAST LOG ON AND CHECK IT OUT. ON HOW FUNDING IN THE STATE HAS EVOLVED OVER THE YEARS. AND WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TODAY, AND EVERYTHING THAT GOES INTO IT.>>OKAY. THANK YOU. ANY OTHER BOARD MEMBERS CARE TO COMMENT? MICHELLE?>>I JUST WOULD LIKE TO — I WONDER IF THERE IS ANYONE WHO CAN SPEAK TO– JUST LIKE INNOVATIVE WAYS TO RESTRUCTURE– YOU KNOW, WHAT IS BEING SUCCESSFUL IN OTHER PLACES? I DON’T KNOW IF DAVID ARSON– I KNOW HE IS AN EXPERT ON SCHOOL FINANCE. OR, YOU KNOW, LIKE– I’M NOT SURE, YOU KNOW, BUT JUST– NOT JUST LIKE LOOKING AT THE PROBLEMS, BUT HELPING US TO CONSIDER SOLUTIONS COULD BE HELPFUL, TOO.>>I HAVE SOME RECOMMENDATIONS ON SPEAKERS. AND I KNOW JUDY HAS WORKED WITH SOME REALLY GOOD FINANCE FOLKS, AS WELL. SO WE CAN SEND SOME RECOMMENDATIONS ON POTENTIAL SPEAKERS.>>TOM?>>CAN I JUST SAY THAT THE PRESENTATION ON THIS SCHOOL DISCIPLINE LOG. I MEAN, I — YOU KNOW, WE WERE KIND OF UP AGAINST TIME. BUT I REALLY DON’T WANT THAT TO BE DROPPED. I– AND, YOU KNOW, I KNOW THE CODE OF CONDUCT, I THINK IT STOPPED FOR SOME VARIOUS REASONS, BUT NOW THAT THE BOARD COMPOSITION HAS CHANGED, IT PROBABLY WON’T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS. BECAUSE I THINK THERE WERE SOME GOOD THINGS IN THERE. I STILL WILL PROBABLY HAVE SOME ISSUES. BUT I DO — I REMEMBER WE MADE SOME CHANGES TO DUE PROCESS, IF I REMEMBER RIGHT, AND SOME REALLY GOOD THINGS THAT I WAS ENCOURAGED BY. IT JUST — THERE WAS A COUPLE THINGS THAT I THINK — SO AT ANY RATE, IF THAT WILL HELP, I THINK — IT SEEMS LIKE THEY SAID THAT IT HAD TO GO BACK OUT FOR COMMENT OR SOMETHING, WHICH WE CERTAINLY WANT TO HEAR, BUT I ALSO DON’T WANT TO DELAY IT. SO, I WOULD ENCOURAGE– EVEN THOUGH I MAY END UP VOTING NO, I STILL THINK THERE’S A LOT OF GOOD STUFF IN THERE. OR THERE WILL BE. SO — BUT NOT JUST THAT, BUT JUST THE OVERALL– AND I KNOW THAT THERE’S PROBABLY SOME AREA, LIKE YOU SAID, I MEAN, IT’S A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION. BECAUSE AND A LOT OF PARENTS FEEL THAT THERE IS A LOT OF DISRUPTION. AND WE CAN’T HAVE THIS. IT AFFECTS MY KIDS OR SAFETY. IT’S A MULTIFACETED– BUT WE COULD EITHER JUST KIND OF TURN A BLIND EYE TO IT, WHICH I KNOW NOBODY HERE WANTS TO DO, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO WEIGH IN ON IT. IT DON’T KNOW WHAT KIND OF ANSWER IT IS, BUT IT JUST SEEMS LIKE THERE’S A LOT OF UNFAIR THINGS GOING ON. AND I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO NOT JUST KIND OF LET IT LINGER AND GO.>>WELL, IS IT POSSIBLE THAT WE COULD JUST SEND IT OUT FOR COMMENT NOW, BECAUSE OF THE MOST RECENT– TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESS, WHICH WAS ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS, SO THAT WE COULD SEND– THE DEPARTMENT COULD MAKE CHANGES, SEND IT OUT– IT HAS TO COME TO US FIRST BEFORE IT GOES OUT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. OR IF WE COULD JUST INCORPORATE SOME OF THE CHANGES THAT WERE RECOMMENDED, I THINK WE ALL WERE PRETTY ON BOARD WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE PRESENTED TODAY, AND THEN HAVE IT GO OUT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT AND THEN COME BACK AS SOON AS WE COULD TO TRY TO MOVE THAT ALONG, IF THAT’S A POSSIBILITY. I’M NOT SURE IF WE NEED TO HAVE ANY DISCUSSIONS OF A TASK FORCE, OR THINGS LIKE THAT. BECAUSE I THINK THERE WAS SOME RECOMMENDATION ABOUT WORKING WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE AROUND SOME CLARIFICATIONS OF SIMILAR THINGS WITHIN THE LAW. BUT ANYWAY– BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IF WE COULD MOVE ALONG AT LEAST GETTING THE MODEL SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT OUT. AND IF WE COULD SEND IT OUT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT SOONER RATHER THAN LATER, AND THEN HAVE IT COME BACK TO BE DISCUSSED AND VOTED ON AFTER PUBLIC COMMENT.>>PERHAPS YOUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS KNOW– SO, ARE YOU GUYS FAMILIAR WITH THE MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT?>>[ INAUDIBLE ].>>[ INAUDIBLE ].>>[ INAUDIBLE ].>>MIGHT LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT, BASED ON [ INAUDIBLE ].>>I GUESS FOR THE– NUMBER 5, I GUESS WE CAN TAKE THAT TO THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE. THIS AS AT A RECOMMENDATION TO THE STATE BOARD. AND THAT WAS A RESOLUTION. AND THEN MAYBE GETTING SOME SUPPORT — OR GETTING SOME OF THESE EXAMPLES THAT KRISTEN MENTIONED. MY OTHER THOUGHT IS, AS TOM HAS SUGGESTED, THAT WE HAVE THIS AS AN ITEM THAT’S ROUTINELY– THIS TOPIC AS AN ITEM THAT WE ROUTINELY PUT ON THE AGENDA. IT WOULD BE GOOD TO HEAR FROM DISTRICTS LIKE KALAMAZOO, THAT ARE SEEING IMPROVEMENTS. I DON’T KNOW OTHER DISTRICTS. MAYBE ANN –>>SHE MENTIONED ANN ARBOR.>>SHE MENTIONED ANN ARBOR. I THINK I READ ABOUT ANN ARBOR. BUT I DEFINITELY — JUST RECENTLY KALAMAZOO HAS BEEN IN THE NEWS. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM THOSE DISTRICTS AND TALK ABOUT WHAT ARE SOME OF THE DIFFERENT PROGRAMS THAT THEY’VE IMPLEMENTED.>>OKAY. THANK YOU. NIKKI?>>JUST EARLIER WE DID TALK ABOUT THIS. THIS IS THE MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT WE ADDRESSED BACK LAST SPRING, RIGHT?>>SPRING? YES.>>OKAY. SO, I KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN SOME BILLS THAT HAVE BEEN PASSED SINCE THEN, IF I’M CORRECT, I THINK LANA TICE PASSED SOME BILLS ON SEXUAL ASSAULT, THAT THERE IS A CONSEQUENCE FOR IT. IT’S PRETTY SWIFT. LIKE, THAT PERSON WOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND NOT BE WELCOMED BACK TO THAT SCHOOL DISTRICT. WILL THAT BE BAKED INTO THE POLICY? BECAUSE I KNOW IT WASN’T WHAT THAT– THE MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT WE WENT THROUGH DOES NOT — IT DIDN’T REFLECT THAT. SO WILL IT BE UP TO DATE?>>WHAT I THINK I HEAR YOU ASKING IS, TAKING A — HAVING US TAKE LOOK AT THE MODEL SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT AND ENSURING THAT IT IS ALIGNED WITH RECENT LAWS THAT HAVE BEEN PASSED.>>YEAH, I THINK SCHOOLS NEED TO KNOW THAT THERE IS A CONSEQUENCE FOR THAT, EVEN THOUGH WE’RE TAKING ZERO TOLERANCE LANGUAGE OUT OF THINGS, THERE’S ALSO STILL LAW THAT APPLIES TO CERTAIN THINGS WITHIN THE MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT. I DON’T THINK WE REALLY ADDRESSED LAST SPRING.>>WE CAN DO THAT. ABSOLUTELY.>>THIS IS LUPE. I HAVE A QUESTION ON THE PUBLIC COMMENT. WHAT DO WE DO WITH THOSE REQUESTS OR THAT INFORMATION OR THOSE PLEAS OR WHOEVER THAT THEY BRING TO THE FLOOR? WHAT DO WE DO AS A BOARD WITH THEM? WHAT DOES THE DEPARTMENT DO WITH THEM? WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH THEM? I GUESS I HAVE NEVER KNOWN THAT.>>LUPE, ARE YOU ASKING WHEN– DURING PUBLIC COMMENT WHEN THERE ARE QUESTIONS THAT ARE ASKED–>>NO, WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE INFORMATION AFTER– OKAY. SO, DURING THE OPEN FORUM, WE CANNOT SPEAK BACK AND FORTH. BUT WHAT DO WE DO WITH WHATEVER THEY PRESENT?>>WHEN THERE ARE PRESENTATIONS THAT REQUIRE A FOLLOW-UP BY MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, WE DO FOLLOW-UP, INTERNALLY.>>OH, OKAY.>>LUPE–>>AND THEN COMMUNICATE BACK. YES, GO AHEAD.>>OKAY. I JUST WONDERED DO THEY JUST COME AND TALK IN THE AIR, AND THAT’S THE END OF IT? OR DO WE DO SOMETHING WITH THE INFORMATION? BUT YOU ANSWERED PART OF IT– YOU KNOW, WHEN THEY HAVE A REQUEST, YOU INTERNALLY ANSWER WHATEVER QUESTION THEY HAVE OR WHATEVER. OKAY. WELL, AT LEAST SOMETHING IS BEING DONE.>>SO, LUPE, I THINK– AND I USUALLY TRY TO RESPOND TO THE PRESENTATIONS THAT ARE MADE DURING MY COMMENT PERIOD, AND THEN IF THERE IS ANYTHING I WANT TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON, I ASK THE DEPARTMENT. SO I THINK THAT WE SHOULD ALL– I THINK THAT WE SHOULD ALL DO THAT, IF THERE IS SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD RESPOND TO.>>RIGHT.>>THAT AT LEAST ONE OF US SHOULD BE RESPONDING TO THE INFORMATION AND MAKING SURE THAT WE’RE FOLLOWING UP ON THAT.>>YEAH, I– I GUESS I WANT TO DIGNIFY WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY. WHAT THEY HAVE TO PRESENT IN SOME WAY.>>RIGHT.>>SO MAYBE– YEAH, EVEN AS A BOARD MEMBER, I WOULD FEEL COMFORTABLE THANKING THEM. SENDING THEM A NOTE AND SAYING, “THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION, IT WAS GOOD TO SEE YOU.” SOMETHING, JUST TO DIGNIFY THAT THEY DID COME AND MAKE THEIR PRESENTATION, TOOK TIME TO COME AND TELL US WHATEVER. OKAY, BUT I LIKE YOUR IDEA TOO, YOU KNOW? SO, THAT’S ANOTHER WAY TO DIGNIFY WHAT THEY CAME TO TELL US.>>AND JUST SO YOU KNOW, I DID SPEAK WITH DR. MARTINEZ. AND SO I DO WANT TO HEAR A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT WHAT THAT GROUP PRESENTED. BUT I DO THINK THAT WE SHOULD– I MEAN, IF THERE’S SOMETHING THAT SOMEONE SPEAKS — I THINK THAT WE SHOULD — AT LEAST ONE OF US SHOULD SPEAK TO SOMETHING– THE INFORMATION THAT IS SHARED, AND DEFINITELY FOLLOW UP AS WE SEE FIT.>>RIGHT. OKAY. I DIDN’T GET TO HEAR HIM TODAY. I WAS IN ANOTHER CALL, AND THEN I CAME AND THERE WAS DR. CONTRERAS, I THINK, WAS SPEAKING. SO I DIDN’T GET TO HEAR DR. MARTINEZ. BUT I THINK THEY WERE ALL SPEAKING ON THE SAME SUBJECT. I DON’T KNOW. SO WHEN I SEE THE MINUTES I’LL REFER BACK TO WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY TODAY. OKAY. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, LUPE. MICHELLE AND THEN TIFFANY.>>HOW– HOW DIFFICULT WOULD IT BE TO REVISE THE CODE– REPARATE THE LAW [ INAUDIBLE ] IT WAS JUST NUMBER 3 ON THE –>>I SEE THAT, YEAH.>>I’M NOT SURE THAT THAT PROCESS– HOW-IT WOULD LOOK?>>SCOTT, ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THAT PROCESS? CAN YOU SPEAK TO THAT?>>IT’S QUITE A PROCESS>>THAT IS QUITE A PROCESS. [ INAUDIBLE ] IT INVOLVES MULTIPLE PUBLIC HEARINGS. SO THAT’S REALLY NOT POSSIBLE. THE LAST RULES PACKAGE THAT WAS OPENED UP [ INAUDIBLE ] FRAUGHT WITH SOME CHALLENGES. SO, CERTAINLY IT’S SOMETHING WE COULD DO. IT’S BEEN DONE, OBVIOUSLY, IN THE PAST. BUT IT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT CAN BE DONE WITHIN A MONTH OR TWO OR A FEW STEPS. [ INAUDIBLE ].>>WELL, THERE’S LAW THAT GOVERNS THAT.>>[ INAUDIBLE ].>>I WOULDN’T THINK SO.>>OKAY. BUT [ INAUDIBLE ] CONSIDERING– BECAUSE THERE’S NOTHING ON THIS –>>CORRECT.>>OKAY. YEAH.>>[ INAUDIBLE ] BUT AGAIN, IT’S SOMETHING THAT I’M IN CONVERSATION–>>IS IT JPARR THAT DOES IT? OH, OKAY. I KNOW THE CHAIR AT JPARR. SO WE COULD –>>I DON’T THINK YOU’D HAVE –>>YOU HAVE TO SUBMIT IT, THOUGH, DON’T YOU? THEY DON’T BRING IT UP?>>WE DO.>>YEAH, SO THEY COULD DO IT TOMORROW.>>BECAUSE I THINK THE SAME — THE PEOPLE OBJECTED ABOUT THE LAST — [ LAUGHTER ]>>WOULD NOT OBJECT TO THIS.>>A FEW MORE STEPS.>>OKAY. OKAY. FRIDAY. [ LAUGHTER ]>>I DON’T THINK THERE WOULD BE THE SAME OBJECTIONS TO THIS AS THERE WERE TO SOME OF THE RULE CHANGES BEFORE. I THINK THE PEOPLE WHO OBJECTED LAST TIME WOULD PROBABLY BE [ INAUDIBLE ]. BUT I COULD BE WRONG.>>THANK YOU, MICHELLE. AND ON TO TIFFANY.>>I WANTED TO REVISIT WHAT NIKKI SAID ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES TO SEXUAL MISCONDUCT. I THINK THAT THAT IS HUGE. THAT WE HAVE SOMETHING IN THERE FOR THAT. AND THEN IN THE REVERSE TOO. I KNOW IT’S A VERY SENSITIVE SUBJECT. THERE ARE ALSO TIMES WHEN THERE ARE ERRONEOUS CLAIMS MADE, AND I THINK THAT WE SHOULD HAVE PROVISIONS WHERE THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES FOR– WHEN THERE IS TRULY AN ERRONEOUS CLAIM MADE, AS WELL. SO, FOR BOTH OF THOSE. AND THEN ALSO I HAVE A VERY SPECIAL GUEST THAT I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE, MY DAD. KARL YURGER IS MY GUEST TODAY. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU, DADDY, FOR COMING.>>SHOULD WE DO YOUR OATH ALL OVER AGAIN? [ LAUGHTER ]>>WELCOME. WE ARE SO GLAD TO HAVE YOU WITH US TODAY. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.>>[ INAUDIBLE ]. [ LAUGHTER ]>>PLEASE COME BACK AT ANYTIME. ANYTHING ELSE FROM BOARD MEMBERS? YES, JUDY?>>THANK YOU. I WAS ABLE TO LISTEN IN TO MY FIRST MEETING OF THE EARLY CHILDHOOD WORKFORCE, AND I JUST WANTED TO THANK RICHARD LOWER AND STAFF FOR– I WAS VERY IMPRESSED. IT WAS A THREE-HOUR MEETING AND THE DEPTH OF THE DISCUSSION THEY WERE HAVING ON EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS AND FOR CHILDCARE WORKERS. THEY HAVE DONE A LOT OF WORK, A LOT OF RESEARCH. SO, I JUST WANTED TO REPORT THAT THEY HAD HAD A MEETING AND I WAS ABLE TO AT LEAST LISTEN IN ON IT. BUT I LOOK FORWARD TO FURTHER DISCUSSIONS. AND THE FIRST MEETING OF THE CROSS SECTOR CTE TEAM IS COMING UP IN MARCH. SO I’LL HAVE A REPORT ON THAT AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING.>>ANYONE ELSE? OKAY. FUTURE MEETING DATES, TUESDAY MARCH 12TH, 2019, AT 9:30 AM. THAT’S OUR REGULAR MEETING, AND WE’LL ALSO INCLUDE A LUNCH WITH LEGISLATURES FROM 11:30 TO 1:00. AND THEN TUESDAY APRIL 9TH, 2019, AT 9:30, REGULAR MEETING. AND TUESDAY MAY 14TH, 2019, 9:30, REGULAR MEETING. ARE THERE — IN ADDITION TO THE TOPICS THAT WERE BROUGHT UP DURING OUR HEARING FROM BOARD MEMBERS THIS AFTERNOON, IF THERE ARE ANY ADDITIONAL TOPICS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE US TO ADD TO FUTURE AGENDAS, PLEASE LET US KNOW. BEFORE WE ADJOURN, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF WHO PLAYED A ROLE IN EITHER PLANNING, COORDINATING, OR PRESENTING AT TODAY’S STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING. WE APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS, AND ALSO TO THANK THE STATE BOARD TODAY FOR YOUR ENGAGEMENT IN OUR CONVERSATIONS AND OUR DISCUSSIONS. AND I FOUND THEM TO BE VERY RICH AND MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS THAT WE HAD. AND THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO TO SUPPORT EDUCATION. AND THANK YOU FOR WEATHERING THE WEATHER TO BE HERE TODAY. AND I WISH YOU SAFE TRAVELS ON YOUR WAY HOME. SO WITH THAT, WE ARE ADJOURNED.

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