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The public comment period on MDE's proposed Every Student Succeeds Act plan closed this week, but not before MASSP submitted feedback and the State Board of Education adopted a resolution during their meeting this past Tuesday to make a transparency…
The K-12 budget appropriations subcommittees in both chambers continued testimony this week on various components of the Governor's budget proposal from Michigan's Math & Science Centers Network to regional data hubs. The Senate Families,…
The Topic: The MASSP membership identified "student mental health" as a legislative priority this year. The MASSP Board of Directors spent some time this week helping to define student mental health concerns and the need schools have for support on…
Discussion is ongoing in both chambers related to school accountability systems and changing the current state law on intervention in academically struggling schools (this marks the fifth straight week for testimony in the Senate Education Committee…
You may have heard that Senator Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair), who is chair of the Senate Committee on Education, today announced that he has created a special subcommittee on Michigan Merit Curriculum to review the state’s graduation requirement laws.…
Early Thursday morning, the state House of Representatives defeated a bill that would have rolled back the state's income tax rate—at a cost to the state's general fund of over $1 billion—and put even greater pressure on the School Aid Fund to…
The fight over the Common Core has once again reared its head in Lansing. On Tuesday, both the State Board of Education and the Senate Education Committee heard testimony from Dr. Yong Zhao, a professor of education at the University of Oregon who,…
Unfortunately, the debate over Michigan's academic content standards is heating up again in Lansing. This week, the House Committee on Michigan Competitiveness took up HB 4192 for debate, though did not vote on it. Anti-Common Core advocates…
The State Board of Education kicked off last week with a full-day special meeting to discuss the state's preliminary ESSA plan. The meeting was, at times, contentious as some of the more strident members pushed back against elements of the plan (a…
For members who did not join us but want a rundown on the latest political happenings in Lansing, MASSP Government Relations Department hosted a Legislative Update webinar earlier this morning, which you can watch a recording of by clicking here or…
The Governor's budget presentation is two weeks away, no education committees have met yet, and only a handful of education bills have been introduced, but the House finally announced committees this week and the Senate is already gearing up for…
The 2016 lame duck legislative session saw the passage of a significant package of bills aimed at overhauling Michigan's laws regarding the use of restraint and seclusion in schools. The changes DO NOT TAKE EFFECT UNTIL 2017-18, but it's important…