THE HENTON HEADLINES
October 29, 2020
Here’s the scoop for the week…
***SAVE THE DATE-Virtual meeting with Governor Walz & Commissioners Malcolm and Ricker
MASA and MSBA in partnership are hosting a virtual meeting with Governor Tim Walz, MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm and MDE Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker on Friday, November 6, from 10:00-11:00am. School Board members and superintendents are invited to attend! Look for more information to come from MSBA in the upcoming days.
MASA Federal Advocacy Committee hears update on federal education issues:
The members of this committee met with AASA Associate Director Noelle Ellerson Ng on October 27. Noelle traced federal funding in response to the pandemic back to early March. She is aware of the need to extend the deadline for the expenditure of CRF funds past December 30, the decline across the state in school district enrollment, the need for flexibility with IDEA and more funding for school districts so that they can be reimbursed for the additional costs brought on by the pandemic. Here is the link to the slide deck Noelle provided.
Following the presentation, the members of the committee discussed strategies for engaging federal legislators region by region in meetings about legislative priorities. Here is their ask:
Region Leaders the information that follows is for you!
- The committee requests you invite your congressional representatives to your region meetings sometime between Jan.-March.
- I will ask AASA staff in mid-December for five talking points that I will share with you in advance of the meeting so you will have succinct messages of importance to discuss with the representatives and your colleagues. I will also attend the meeting if invited!
- Don’t hesitate to call on our two senators to join your meetings.
- Please let me know how I might help in arranging these meetings!
- Thank you in advance for helping to convene this important advocacy effort.
MSHSL Graduated Return to Sports protocol:
In a recent meeting with metro-area superintendents the following protocol was shared that addresses how participants post-COVID-19 can gradually return to sports. Your activities directors have this information and you may also want to review:
Resolution regarding MSHSL fee increase:
Superintendent Keith Kottke of Springfield Public Schools has asked MASA to share a resolution regarding the increased MSHSL fees. Superintendent Kottke believes the resolution offers a more equitable fee structure for the additional fees when compared to the one adopted by the MSHSL.
Brené Brown's latest podcast on burnout and the stress cycle:
Meeker & Wright Special Education Cooperative, MAWSECO, Executive Director Janell Bullard highly recommends the following podcast for learning tips on how to unlock the stress cycle. Sounds like a timely listen!
There’s a wonderful story about Benjamin Franklin, during the Constitutional Convention of 1787. As he walked out of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Mrs. Elizabeth Willing Powel, a prominent society figure and the wife of Philadelphia mayor Samuel Powel, shouted a question to Mr. Franklin, “What do we have, a republic or a monarchy?” An enormous fear of the time. Franklin’s famous response was, “a republic, if you can keep it.”
There are echoes today of that question asked in 1787. As always, the answer is up to you. Vote for what you want, but vote. It’s your republic, if you can keep it.