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With all of the focus on the big spending items and (more recently) line-item vetoes, language empowering districts to count some professional development as instructional time hasn't drawn much attention.  Nevertheless, this flexibility is now in…
This week, the House Education Committee took up a quartet of proposals – passing two and debating two others – while on the budget front, the Governor and Legislature are both at work coming to terms on a budget supplemental in the wake of last…
Governor Whitmer has signed all of the 2019-20 state budget bills, including the K-12 budget. But she exercised her line item veto authority extensively, especially in the School Aid budget where she struck 40 line items totaling $132 million. And…
A week ago, the House and Senate Republicans announced that they were going to pass a budget despite not having an agreement with Governor Whitmer. This week, House leadership from both parties announced they had struck a deal to throw Democratic…
Despite not having an agreement with Governor Whitmer, the House and Senate are moving ahead on passing their own version of the 2019-20 budget. And unless things change, they look to be on track to put bills on the Governor's desk at the end of the…
The 2019-20 school year is underway, so let's review the new laws and policy requirements that take effect this year that you’ll want to make sure you're prepared for. You’ll be happy to hear that this year’s list is lighter than the last couple of…
On Wednesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to issue emergency rules to ban the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products in retail stores and online, making Michigan the first state to do so…
It’s seemed as though budget negotiations might break down this week when Governor Gretchen Whitmer took off the table a proposal to bond MPSERS debt as a revenue source to balance the state’s budget. In a Tuesday press conference, the Governor…
As the 2019-20 school year begins without a state budget in place, many educators are understandably anxious about the state of affairs in Lansing. The Governor has proposed a budget that would protect MPSERS and provide a per pupil increase as well…
As July fades into August, another month has passed without agreement on the 2019-20 budget. So where do things stand as fall sports practices start up? The bottom line: things stand today much as they have for the past several months. The overall…
The Legislature has adjourned session for at least the next two weeks (i.e. until after the July 4th holiday), though its unclear exactly how long their summer hiatus will last this year given that both chambers have scheduled sessions at least once…
The House Education Committee took testimony this week on HB 4342, a bill that would allow someone with no college experience to substitute teach if they were the family member of a student in the building and had at least a diploma or GED. There…