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The House and Senate both nominally wrapped up their spring session calendars this week, though both chambers are slated to come back several times over the summer to deal with unfinished business. That means that, while a final resolution to long…
The House Education Committee did not vote on educator evaluation legislation this week, but they did hold 2 different hearings and took testimony from a pair of attorneys about the tenure implications of the bill and from Governor Snyder's…
With the House set to adjourn for their summer recess after next week and the Senate slated to follow not far behind, educator evaluation legislation still remains an outstanding issue…though not for lack of trying. The House Education Committee…
SB 103, the stripped down iteration of educator evaluation legislation that moved out of the Senate last month, is not having an easy time of it in the House Education Committee. After hearing last week from a number of groups—including MASSP—who…
The K-12 budget for the 2015-16 school year is a wrap; the final budget bills were adopted by the House and Senate this week and are now on to Governor Snyder for his signature. The House Education Committee took its first crack at educator…
The House Education Committee took its first testimony this past Thursday on SB 103, a slowly improving though still largely gutted educator evaluation bill. The committee heard from bill sponsor Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) and a number of…
In January of 2015, the "Parent Responsibility Act" was presented to the Michigan House of Representatives by its sponsor, Al Pscholka. This bill would amend MCL 400.57b of the Michigan Social Welfare Act to prevent families with a child who misses…
The Detroit Chamber's annual Mackinac Policy Conference ran this past week, which means that there was a short session week to allow lawmakers to get to Mackinac Island by Wednesday afternoon. Still, with the exception of the School Aid Budget, the…
The Senate has voted out SB 103, educator evaluation legislation that, while improved from where it began the year, still falls far short of what is needed to ensure that Principals and other educators are supported with quality evaluation tools,…
The Senate reported out SB 103 this week, though not without significant dissent and a number of amendments. The bill still lacks quality standards for evaluation tools, any provision for training evaluators, and funding. However, it finally…
The May Consensus Revenue Numbers are in and it's good news for the general fund and not so good (but not terrible) news for the School Aid Fund. A general fund revenue increase of $223.5 million would normally be expected to ease pressure on…
Officials from the state Department of Treasury and the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies met formally on Friday to come to consensus on the revenue numbers that the Governor and Legislature will use in building the final 2015-16 budget. The short…