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UPDATE: The bills passed the full House on Thursday, June 3, but not before two noteworthy amendments were added: Districts would now have to consider the list of potentially mitigating factors in all cases, not just suspensions over 10 days.…
On Tuesday, the May Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference told the world (or at least the portion of it that was listening) that Michigan's revenues are going to be less than initially anticipated back in January, but exactly how this translates…
On Thursday, the House Workforce & Talent Development Committee reported out HB 5463, which would make changes to the world language and visual, performing and applied arts portions of the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC).   The Details   As…
The House Education Committee met Thursday and voted out legislation that would imbed CPR and AED training into Michigan's health education content standards. The panel also took testimony on a package of legislation that would make some changes to…
The House Education Committee took testimony this week on a four bill package that would make some tweaks to Michigan's suspension and expulsion laws. In general, the goal of legislators seems to be to reduce the incidence of suspensions and…
The week started out crazy and ended crazier with the House Appropriations Committee meeting for three hours on Tuesday morning and reporting out a package of Detroit schools restructuring bills—some by tight margins—that seems more aimed at sending…
The House met through the night on Wednesday and well into Thursday morning before they were able to rally the votes they needed to pass a package of bills that would restructure the Detroit Public Schools. The bills contain a number of provisions…
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara accepted an agreement between the Secretary of State’s office and local governments and school groups, declaring that the election gag order provision in passed last year as part of Public Act…
This week, the Senate Education Committee passed Senate Bill 826, which would replace the current Michigan State Standards with the 2008 Massachusetts academic standards and prohibit the MDE from engaging in any activities or expenditures related to…
Thursday's House Education Committee hearing was particularly busy this week as the panel passed both House Joint Resolution B (HJR B), which would amend the Michigan Constitution to allow for special education vouchers, and HB 4136, which would…
The Senate Education Committee kicked off a packed legislative week with a double feature on Tuesday, the first hearing featuring testimony from Fordham Institute President Michael Petrilli on what the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires…
The House and Senate K-12 budget subcommittees both put out their proposals for the 2016-17 School Aid Budget and, aside from a proposal by the House to blow up M-STEP and the MME, most everything else was pretty much Kumbaya. Both chambers also…