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This week, Governor Whitmer signed into law SB 171, which removes the sunset on the flexibility students currently have to substitute alternative coursework for their second credit of world language. For the last several years, students have been…
The budget process moves inexorably forward as Republican leadership and the Governor reached a deal this week on state budget targets (the term used for the high-level agreement between the Governor's office and the legislature on how much money…
On Wednesday, Governor Whitmer issued EO 2020-180, a follow-up executive order clarify the mask requirements for organized sports that were originally laid out in EO 2020-176...the bottom line of all of this is that athletes must wear masks while…
Principals will want to be aware that, beginning September 14, the state expects to begin reporting school outbreak data for K-12 schools in Michigan on a weekly basis. The report will include the name and address of the building where the outbreak…
Principals will want to be aware that school safety drill requirements are still in effect – at least for now – for the 2020-21 school year. If you weren't aware of this, your misunderstanding is understandable since most of the other state laws…
The Michigan Legislature returned to full-time session this week and is scheduled to continue meeting through the end of September, though most Lansing insiders are projecting that the Legislature will likely only meet through the middle of…
Today, Governor Whitmer issued a pair of new executive orders that provide a pathway for reopening gyms, pools and other indoor athletic facilities and resuming organized athletics – including school athletics – subject to some restrictions and…
The House and Senate Fiscal Agencies and the State Department of Treasury met today for a rare August Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference. The theme of the day, which carried through just about every presentation on every topic, was that – while…
Governor Whitmer announced today that she is allocating $65 million in CARES Act funding to support K-12 schools.  The funding is from the Governor’s Education Emergency Relief Fund (GEER). The majority of this funding ($60 million) will go directly…
The Michigan Senate has passed a package of three bills that will largely define a new set of pupil accounting rules and other requirements that districts will have to live under during the 2020-21 school year. HB 5911-13 moved through the Senate on…
With less than 18 hours to go before the Michigan Senate is slated to convene a rare Saturday session, details are becoming clearer on a proposed agreement to resolve the myriad pupil accounting issues that districts face next year. Because the…
The Michigan Department of Education made two announcements this week that are of interest to Principals. The first is a memo that outlines a legal pathway that districts may use to hire student teachers as full time faculty, though it may not work…