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As July fades into August, another month has passed without agreement on the 2019-20 budget. So where do things stand as fall sports practices start up? The bottom line: things stand today much as they have for the past several months. The overall…
The Legislature has adjourned session for at least the next two weeks (i.e. until after the July 4th holiday), though its unclear exactly how long their summer hiatus will last this year given that both chambers have scheduled sessions at least once…
The House Education Committee took testimony this week on HB 4342, a bill that would allow someone with no college experience to substitute teach if they were the family member of a student in the building and had at least a diploma or GED. There…
The following press release was put out jointly by MASSP, MASA, MASB, and MAISA on Thursday, June 6, 2019 in response to a Michigan House of Representatives proposal that would permanently divert tax dollars away from the School Aid Fund to pay for…
Amid some controversy and despite some reservations, Governor Whitmer signed SB 106 and SB 155 on Tuesday, which will prohibit minors (anyone under the age of 18) from possessing e-cigarettes and will prohibit vendors from selling vaping products to…
The House K-12 budget recommendation has been a while in coming (for the past several years, both chambers have had their individual recommendations out by spring break), and now that it's here, it's decidedly underwhelming.  The budget proposes a $…
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee passed out a pair of unrelated bills (HB 4208 and HB 4262) before launching into testimony on so-called Public Innovative District bills, a reintroduction of legislation from last session that nominally…
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…