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The week ended with a bombshell that overshadowed all the other political news of the week when the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in a split decision that Governor Whitmer does not have authority under the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945…
The MDE has released a new memo that is a must read for Principals and anyone else coping with the two-way interaction requirements imposed by the Return to Learn laws. MEMO #COVID-19-117: Two-way Interactions under Return to Learn Laws clarifies…
On Friday, Governor Whitmer signed two new Executive Orders, both of which have implications for schools. EO 2020-183 amends the MI Safe Start order regarding non-residential gatherings and opening more businesses while EO 2020-185 imposes a new…
The biggest news item of the week was the release of the 2020-21 budget agreement and subsequent lightning fast action by the legislature to move it through the legislative process and onto Governor Whitmer's desk. While not a panacea and certainly…
The final details on the 2020-21 budget have been hammered out and SB 927 has now passed both chambers and is headed to Governor Whitmer's desk. The biggest item in the budget is a flexible, one-time $66 per pupil payment in addition to the…
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…