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On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee debated, but did not vote on a SB 657 a proposal that would expand Michigan alternative teacher certification law to create an additional pathway to certification for special education teachers. Debate…
On Tuesday the Senate Education Committee heard testimony from the Michigan Department of Education about the state's current assessment system. While the committee was not considering any specific legislation, it was clear from committee members…
Governor Whitmer's executive budget recommendation for the 2020-21 school year calls for a significant foundation allowance increase and big bumps in spending for At Risk, special education and English language learners. Touted as the "largest…
Timing out at just under 37 minutes (including applause breaks), this year's State of the State address may have set a record for brevity, but it was not short on substance. While the biggest headline may have been Governor Whitmer's announcement…
The Michigan Department of Education announced earlier this month that they are in the process of evaluating and updating their Top 10 in 10 strategic plan. To gather input from educators and other stakeholders around the state, MDE has developed a…
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,…