Here's the latest on the MPAAA Spring Conference, being held at the Grand Traverse Resort, May 7-9, 2018:
Registration Still Open
While the early-bird registration discount has expired, there is still time to register for the conference. The cost is $375 for members and $445 for non-members. For more information on the excellent lineup of sessions and presenters, or to register, please click HERE.
Outstanding Service Awards
Each year, MPAAA honors those who have done outstanding work in our field with the MPAAA Outstanding Service Awards. These Awards are nominated by you, our members, and presented at the conference. To nominate someone for an Award, please complete the nomination form HERE. Nominations will be open until April 13.
On Monday evening at the conference, we're offering an optional tour of local brewpubs. Your $35 registration gets you bus transportation from the hotel, and back after the evening is done, as well as drinks and food at 3 Traverse City area brewpubs. For more information, or to join us on Monday evening, please click HERE.
Questions for our presenters?
One of the great rewards of attending the MPAAA conferences is having the chance to ask questions of the assembled experts and walk away with usable answers. If you have questions you would like to submit to any of our presenters ahead of time; please use THIS FORM to send them in. We'll make sure they are forwarded to our presenters, who will have time to research a complete answer.
Senate Bill 0913 of 2018 has been introduced and is Governor Snyder's beginning point for the State Aid budget for 2018-19. While this version of the legislation represents the Governor's intentions, please keep in mind that this bill and the items in it discussed below, are only at the very beginning of the legislative process. Any portion of the bill as introduced is open to modification during the legislative process, so take none of this as final!
Of particular interest to Pupil Accountants:
Section 20.1 - Funding levels are suggested to retain the '2X' formula, with per pupil increases of between $120 and $240, depending on the district's current funding levels.
Section 20.6 - Schools of Excellence functioning as Cyber schools are suggested to have their funding capped at 75% of the appropriation customarily computed.
Section 21.f - The specifics of the parental consent required for students taking virtual courses may be determined by MDE, and that consent should be retained by the District.
Section 23.f - This is a new section, removing funding for part-time non-public students (Shared Time) from the standard funding sections, and funding it separately, with the following limitations as compared to previous years:
- Grade K is removed from shared time eligibility.
- Teachers and all other shared time content providers must have same background checks as public school teachers.
- New data is to be collected that points to CEPI adding shared time courses to TSDL reporting (this was never collected in earlier iterations of TSDL, so this may be a hurdle for some districts).
- 'Optional experiences' available in shared time must now 'be fully available to the majority of full-time pupils in the District,' which would limit shared time activities scheduled during the public school day.
- Shared time FTE is limited to no more than 5% of the District's public school FTE, so if a District has 1,000 Public school FTE (without shared time), then they are limited to 50 FTE in shared time.
Section 61.d - Additional funding is made available under this new section to encourage districts to provide more CTE instruction. It provides $25 per student in grades 9-12 enrolled in CTE programs, and an additional $25 per student enrolled in CTE programs in "critical skills and high-demand fields." There is an enumerated list of these instructional areas by 2-digit CIP code.
To review the entire bill, or for updates as the bill moves through the legislative process, please click HERE to go to the Michigan Legislature's web page on this bill.
As many of you know, the School Infrastructure Database (SID) Collection has been shrinking in scope over the past several years, with only two fields per school building being collected in 2017.
However, that has changed for 2018, with four new fields being added to the collection for THIS June. The timing of these new fields being announced so far into the school year is unfortunate and may well require back-tracking and after-the-fact data collection. While the requirement of this data collection was passed into law before the beginning of this school year, the specifics are only now being released.
The four new fields are, for each building in your District:
- Instances of Administration of an Opioid Antagonist to a Pupil
- Instances of Administration of an Epinephrine Auto-Injector to a Pupil
- Number of Students to whom Epinephrine was administered by Auto-Injector who were not known to have had a severe allergy
- Number of Students to whom Epinephrine was administered by Auto-Injector using an Auto-Injector belonging to the District
These fields will be required to be reported in the 2018 SID collection, which is due by June 30, 2018. Data for the entire school year is expected, including for these new fields.
For specifics on these new fields, and on the SID collection in general, refer to the 2018 SID data addendum, available on CEPI's website or by clicking HERE.