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No session in either the House or Senate on Tuesday (in recognition of Laylat al-Qadr) means that neither the House and Senate Education Committees nor the Senate PK-12 budget subcommittee (all of which normally meet on Tuesday) met this week…but…
The House and Senate K-12 budget subcommittees kicked off the week with a rare, but not unprecedented, Monday evening hearing outside of Lansing (at Mumford High School in Detroit) during which the subcommittee focused on Michigan's educator…
A quartet of bills (HB 4354-57) was introduced in the House this week that would eliminate several provisions in the Public Employee Relations Act (PERA) regarding prohibited subjects of bargaining. If the bills become law, it would mean that…
As the week began, it looked as though the Michigan Legislature might just slide quietly into their two week spring recess since three members of the House were supposed to be unable to come to Lansing (one due to surgery, one to COVID, and one to…
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee, took testimony (but did not vote) on HB 4166, legislation to repeal the state’s A-F school ranking system (which is duplicative of the School Index System required by federal law)...a vote is scheduled for…
Ever heard of the filibuster? It's a procedural tactic in the United States Senate that was initially popularized in the classic film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. A filibuster is when one or more U.S. Senators speak continuously and refuse to yield…
The House Education Committee kicked off the week on Tuesday when they took testimony (but did not vote) on HB 4064, which would encourage MDE to develop a cursive writing curriculum that schools would then have the option to adopt, and HB 4157,…
If you are relatively new to the principalship, or even if you've been around a few years, you may not be familiar with or up to date on the work of the School Finance Research Collaborative (SFRC). This group of educators and business leaders has…
The House Education Committee met Tuesday to hear testimony on and vote out SB 12, legislation that would repeal the retention provisions in Michigan's third grade reading law…the committee took up a House version of the proposal – HB 4020 –…
The ice storm that hit the greater Lansing area on Wednesday and Thursday managed to shut down legislative session for the bulk of the week, but since all but one of the major education-related committees meet on Tuesdays, the winter weather did not…
Late Monday night, while helicopters still circled East Lansing and students were still locked down in classrooms and offices on the Michigan State University campus, the Michigan Legislature cleared their calendar for the week, canceling all…
Legislative session was canceled this past Tuesday after the shooting at Michigan State University that left three dead and five in critical condition. By Wednesday, major political and education figures had renewed the calls for gun regulation that…