Effective October 1, 2019, a school may count up to 38 hours of qualifying professional development (QPD) for teachers as hours of student instruction for state school aid.
Pursuant to State School Aid Act Section 101(10), “qualifying” professional development must:
If at least five hours of QPD occurs in a single day, that day may be counted as one day of student instruction. Online QPD is permitted if it has been approved by the district. MDE must issue a list of approved QPD providers, one of which must be the Michigan Virtual School. QPD only may be counted as hours of instruction for students whose teachers are scheduled to participate in the QPD.
At least eight hours of QPD must be recommended by a district wide professional development advisory committee, which is Board-appointed. The committee must consist of teachers from a variety of grades and subject matter specializations, non-teaching staff members, parents, and administrators. The majority of the advisory committee members must be teaching staff.
In the event your school would like to count professional development as instructional time, district officials should be aware that this new law may have bargaining implications. Please contact your Thrun labor attorney if you have any questions.