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This week, Governor Whitmer signed HB 4411, the School Aid Fund budget for the 2021-22 school year, with only a pair of line-item vetoes. After the House and Governor, but not the Senate, came to agreement on the K-12 budget in mid-June, speculation…
On Wednesday, June 30, the Michigan Senate passed what appears to be the final version of the 2021-22 School Aid Fund budget (HB 4411). Just now, the House voted to concur in the Senate-passed bill, sending it to Governor Whitmer’s desk for…
The House has passed HB 4037, 4038, & 4538, a trio of bills that would make it optional for Michigan schools to administer the WorkKeys assessment. If the state realizes any savings from not administering the roughly $4 million per year test to…
On Thursday night, the Michigan House passed two important budget items: a 2021-22 School Aid Fund budget (HB 4411) and a budget supplemental (HB 4421) to allocate all $4.3 billion in non-discretionary federal pandemic response funding specific to…
On Tuesday, the Senate passed an amended version of HB 4421, a supplemental allocate ALL remaining non-discretionary federal pandemic response funding specific to schools (that's about $4.2 billion distributed to public schools on the Title 1a…
The state's COVID-19 order limiting the size of indoor gatherings at non-residential establishments to 50 percent of capacity and requiring the unvaccinated to wear a face mask when indoors will end at 12:01 am on June 22, nine days earlier than…
On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee took up a variety of unrelated bills: SB 410-411 would change how special education millage funding flows when students transfer to a school in a different ISD (the bills saw a raft of opposition from…
On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee took up SB 218, a bill to require transgender student athletes to play on sports teams consistent with their birth sex (a bill that MHSAA has said is unnecessary and which saw strong opposition from a…
On Thursday, May 27, Governor Whitmer announced her plan for spending billions of dollars in additional School Aid Fund (SAF) and American Rescue Plan (ARP) money that was not originally on the table when she put forward her executive budget…
We have lots of money, Republicans and Democrats are talking to each other (a little), and everything is going to open back up...ok, this is both a vast overstatement and oversimplification of everything that happened this week, but you can be…
Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Legislature are going to have a big chunk of change to spend in the 2021-22 budget process. That was the conclusion on Friday when the State Treasurer and directors of the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies met to…
On Thursday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a rapid public health alert to update face mask recommendations to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. This guidance provides recommendations for face mask use in…