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On Tuesday, Governor Whitmer approved the bulk of HB 4048 (the supplemental spending bill for the School Aid Budget), but line-item vetoed two sections of that bill and struck down HB 4049 entirely...and because the Legislature appropriated a huge…
The House Education Committee kicked off the week on Tuesday with a hearing on HB 4037 – sponsored by Representative John Reilly (R-Oakland) – and HB 4038 – sponsored by House Education Committee Chair Rep Pam Hornberger (R-Chesterfield Twp.) – a…
UPDATED 9 March 2021: Governor Whitmer has now signed HB 4048 with some vetoes. This article has been updated to reflect the vetoes. The Michigan Legislature has pass HB 4048 – a mid-year K-12 supplemental budget – and Governor Whitmer has signed…
A number of gathering restrictions have been loosened under a new epidemic order released today by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Of particular importance for schools is that, starting Friday, March 5, much larger groups will…
Over the last month, over 200 MASSP members registered to participate in one of 6 regional meetings to offer their thoughts on how the association could best pursue our 2021-22 Policy Priorities. During the course of these few meetings we discussed…
This week, the Michigan Senate took action on its version of a current year supplemental budget to allocate federal ESSER II funding and additional supports for schools going into the summer. There is good and bad to the Senate proposal. Their…
In a letter to governors and state superintendents issued last night, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs in the US Department of Education (USDoE) announced that the US Department of Education will not grant blanket waivers from…
With scheduling in full swing for next school year, it's worth noting that the flexibility for students to substitute arts or CTE coursework for their second world language credit has been made permanent. For several years now, students have been…
Despite Lansing being buried in snow (at least by down-state standards) on Tuesday the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee pushed ahead with their hearing on the impacts of pandemic learning on students. The panel (which consisted of…
MASSP members have made it one of the Association's priorities to secure a waiver from end-of-year state assessments for the 2020-21 school year. To help support that work, MASSP launched a petition drive earlier this month. We asked members to sign…
On Tuesday, the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee met jointly with the House Education Committee to discuss the reopening of school athletics and take testimony from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Detroit Public…
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control on Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Education (USDoE) released several new school reopening guidance documents on Friday. In their Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation the…