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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…
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…