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In the wake of passing significant no-fault auto insurance reforms and in light of so any legislators going to Mackinac Island this past week for the annual Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Mackinac Policy Conference, the Michigan Legislature…
The House Education Committee took testimony Tuesday on a pair of bills: HB 4208 would prohibit teacher evaluations from being conducted by a family member of that teacher; HB 4262 would allow the parents of homeschool students to issue work permits…
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee heard joint testimony from the Michigan Associations of School Counselors, School Psychologists, and School Social Workers on the important roles that these educators play in supporting students and the…
Officials from the state Department of Treasury and the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies met formally on Friday to come to consensus on the final revenue estimates that the Governor and Legislature will use in building the final 2019-20 budget. The…
The House Education Committee took further testimony Thursday before voting out legislation to amend the Michigan Merit Curriculum. HB 4269-71 and HB 4282 would combine the two credits of world language and one credit of visual performing and…
The Michigan House of Representatives is once again debating changes to the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC). A four-bill package passed out of the House Education Committee this past Tuesday and is not headed to the House Ways and Means Committee…
The House Education Committee kicked off the week with a hearing Tuesday morning on changes to the Michigan Merit Curriculum, in particular a quartet of bills (HB 4269-71 and 4282) that passed the House but not the Senate last legislative session.…
It looked like legislation to forgive additional snow days might be on ice Tuesday when the Senate Democrats accumulated enough votes to deny HB 4206 immediate effect. But after a chilly reception by House members and some political snow ball…
Bills to lower the portion of educator evaluations that must be based on student growth back down to 25 percent moved through the entire state House in a whirlwind of committee and floor votes this week. SB 122 and 202 moved through the House…
On Thursday, the Senate K-12 budget subcommittee reported out their version of the 2019-20 school budget. Unsurprisingly, the total spending in the budget is much lower than Governor Whitmer’s executive recommendation since the Senate has decided…
The House has passed SB 122 and SB 202, bills that will reduce the percentage of educator evaluations that must be based on student growth.  The bills require districts to roll back student growth from 40% to 25% of an educators evaluation for the…
The House Education Committee kicked off the week on Tuesday with testimony from the Michigan Department of Education and a trio of interim and benchmark assessment vendors about the M-STEP and the budget line item that currently subsidizes district…