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Principals will want to be aware of the memo MDE released today entitled "Memo #COVID-19-208: Update – Timelines, Funding for American Rescue Plan (ARP) and Section 11t Equalization." This memo provides more details on timelines for ESSER funds as…
The House Education Committee met on Tuesday and reported out HB 4199 – a bill to repeal the prohibition on starting school before Labor Day – then heard testimony (but did not vote) on HB 4953 – sponsored by Rep. David Martin (R-Davison) – which…
First the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee and then the full Senate voted this week to pass SB 644, a bill that would offer districts some much needed flexibility for counting students who are learning remotely due to the pandemic.…
The United States Department of Education (USED) approved Michigan’s education plan for the federal American Recovery Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funding, freeing up $1.24 billion for Michigan schools.…
Just a week before the October pupil count day, the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee took testimony on SB 644, legislation that would give districts more flexibility in counting pupils in membership and in attendance if they are…
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee met to take up two bills: HB 5097 would nominally prohibit schools from educating students about race and gender stereotypes but is really an attempt to ban schools from teaching Critical Race Theory without…
The Michigan Legislature wrapped up the state's general fund and higher education budgets this week and while these budgets typically don't have much impact on K-12 education the ongoing political debate over mask mandates bled over into the…
This week, the Michigan Legislature wrapped up the state's general fund and higher education budgets, which includes the funding for all of the individual state departments. These budgets typically don't have much impact on K-12 education, but the…
Each week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) puts out a Data and Modeling Update that reviews the latest information on testing, disease trends, outbreaks, hospitalizations, deaths and the virus trajectory in Michigan.…
On Tuesday, on a 4-1 straight party-line vote, the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee reported out SB 600-603, legislation that would prohibit K-12 schools and local health departments from requiring a vaccine unless that vaccine has…
For the upcoming year, school leaders across the state are trying to plan ahead for how they will handle remote learning in the event of a health-related closure. This includes planning for how to count students and take attendance during a remote…
As you are planning for how to manage the new state mandate to provide students with an opportunity to take the PSAT or SAT this fall, MASSP has received some clarifications from the College Board with regard to testing dates (among other things)…