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A lot has happened in Lansing over the last year or so. Some of it you may remember, while some you've likely forgotten. Some things are going to have an immediate impact on principals, while others won't have an impact for several months or maybe…
In 2022, the Michigan Legislature passed a bill amending the Michigan Merit Curriculum to include a half credit of personal finance beginning with students entering the eighth grade in 2023. Earlier this year, MDE finished their internal standards…
Just before they adjourned for the summer, the Michigan Legislature passed a series of bills (HB 4354-4357, HB 4044, HB 4233, and HB 4820) that make significant changes to collective bargaining laws. Most impactful for principals, is HB 4354 which…
There is lots to like and something for everyone in the 2023-24 K-12 budget that was approved by the Michigan Legislature this week. All districts are going to see significant increases in base funding as well as big bumps in dedicated funding…
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee reported out two bills: 1) HB 4671 would repeal Michigan’s pre-Labor Day start prohibition – the bill first received testimony last week and passed the committee this week with unanimous support, 2) HB 4648…
Educator evaluation reform is on pretty much everyone's list of "things to tackle this session" with Democrats in control, but it has taken some time to get bills introduced. With the introduction this week of SB 395-96 and HB 4821-22, we finally…
The House Education Committee House kicked off the week on Tuesday morning with a hearing on HB 4671 (a bill to repeal Michigan’s pre-Labor Day start prohibition) that featured testimony in favor of the bill from bill sponsor and committee chair Rep…
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee convened, took attendance, voted out two bills, and adjourned in less time than it takes to make a pot of coffee: HB 4279 would allow ISD that have a CTE millage to use those dollars to contract with another…
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee kicked off the week by unanimously reporting out SB 161-62, legislation that would simplify reciprocity for out-of-state teachers and school counselors so they could more easily become certified in Michigan…
Combined state revenue for fiscal years 2022-23 and 2023-24 is down $2.7 billion from the January estimates. While that sounds like a lot (in part because it is) this is not unexpected and is due in large part to the pension tax exemption and Earned…
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee took testimony on SB 161-62, and pair of bills that would simplify reciprocity for teachers and school counselors from other states seeking to teach in Michigan … the committee did not vote on the bills but…
On Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations Committee took the next step in the budget process when they held a marathon meeting to move many of their proposed budget bills (including the K-12 budget) to the Senate Floor, a move that would seem to back up…