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The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) together with the bureau of fire services and the State Fire Marshal in the Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) have released joint guidance for schools on conducting statutorily mandated…
In the wake of last week's ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court that (gross oversimplification warning) the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945 and, thus, every executive order issued under the authority of that law – which means basically…
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued an Emergency Order requiring K-12 schools to provide public notice to the school community about probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19 within 24 hours or receiving notice of…
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon today issued an Emergency Order under the authority granted the department by MCL 333.2253 restricting gathering sizes and requiring face coverings in public spaces. The…
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…