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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…
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee took testimony on two bills to repeal Michigan's pre-Labor Day school start prohibition: HB 4368 sponsored by Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R-Chesterfield Twp.) and HB 4369 sponsored by Rep. Steve Johnson (R-…
On Thursday, the MDE put out a memo to districts regarding section 31a At-risk funding. The memo explained that based on current law many districts may be required to redirect significant portions of their At-risk dollars beginning in the 2019-20…
Just before leaving for spring break, the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee passed legislation that would roll back the percentage of student growth that must be used in educator evaluations to 25% for the 2018-19 school year. But…
On Tuesday, the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee reported out amended versions of SB 122 and SB 202, legislation that would change the requirements around how student growth data must be used in educator evaluations.  The amended…
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee heard testimony on educator evaluations from L'anse Creuse School District administrators Erik J. Edoff, Dr. Greg Dixon, Laura Holbert, and well-respected school attorney, Gary Collins. The panel spoke about…