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On Tuesday, the House Education Committee made the only legislative education-related news of the week when they took up and passed SB 650-651. This pair of technical clean-up bills would remove a sunset in current law so third party dropout…
The State Treasurer and directors of the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies met on Friday to come to consensus on the revenue estimates that will be used to begin the state budget process for next year. The short story: revenues are looking better…
The holiday break is over and the Michigan Legislature will be back in session on January 8, so it's a good time to recap where things left off at the end of 2019 and look forward at what we can expect for 2020. In particular, let's review where…
This week, the Legislature wrapped up session for the year, but not before they took the next steps on a few issues that have been lingering...including the budget! As MASSP reported last week, the Legislature and Governor Whitmer finally struck a…
Governor Whitmer and the Legislature have reportedly struck a deal on a budget supplemental that would restore funding to several items that were line-item vetoed by the Governor earlier this year as part of the ongoing budget battle. While not all…
Despite rumblings that the Legislature would remain in session as late as the week before Thanksgiving, the annual November recess went ahead as originally planned. However, both the House and Senate will return to full time session for the first…
The Michigan Merit Curriculum has been a hot-button issue in the past few weeks as SB 600 has gained some ground in the Senate. The bill, proposed by Senator Jon Bumstead, would make sweeping changes to the state's graduation requirement law,…
The Senate Education Committee took up new Michigan Merit Curriculum legislation on Tuesday. SB 600 would make sweeping changes to the state's graduation requirement law. The part of the bill garnering the most focus is its proposed elimination of…
On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee debated two sets of Michigan Merit Curriculum bills, one limited in scope, the other, sweeping. Currently, language in the MMC law that allows students to substitute an additional arts or CTE course for…
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee debated but did not vote on HB 4974 – a bill that would classify computer coding as a language other than English, effectively allowing students to substitute computer coding for the two MMC required world…
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…