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The big political headlines lately have all been about budget, revenue, and the upcoming election. But while those topics have been dominating news coverage, a number of education policy bills dealing with things that directly impact Principals (…
On Monday, Governor Whitmer rolled out her $280 million proposal for the MI Kids Back on Track program, which nominally a tutoring program intended to be run through the state's public school districts in order to address student learning loss due…
HB 6012 is on its way to Governor Whitmer's desk. This legislation originally just included funding for Oxford Schools to cover the remaining outstanding costs the district incurred as a result of the shooting earlier this year. The bill was amended…
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee voted out three bills that they initially took up last week: HB 6013, sponsored by Rep. Pam Hornberger (R-Chesterfield), would establish a state funded grant program to pay stipends for both student teachers…
State revenue is up…again…a lot. Revenue projections for Michigan's School Aid Fund are up an additional $2.2 billion above and beyond the already rosy forecasts from the January Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC). Of that, roughly $900…
The big political news in Lansing this week was the Michigan Legislature sending a ballot proposal (HJR R) to the voters to modify term limits to reduce the total amount of time a person could serve in the Legislature to 12 years but allowing all 12…
The House, Senate, and Governor have now all put forward their budget recommendations for the 2022-23 school year. While there is lots of negotiation left to go and plenty of things can change, it is not too early to compare the three budget…
The House School Aid Appropriations Subcommittee has reported out its version of the 2022-23 K-12 budget. The above-the-fold highlights include a proposed $300 per pupil bump in the foundation allowance, a $1.7 billion payment against the state's…
The Senate proposal for the K-12 budget includes a $450 per pupil foundation allowance increase (an amount slightly larger than the Governor's recommendation), a $500 million school consolidation grant program, and…well…really, that's about it for…
MASSP has been fielding questions lately about Michigan's educator evaluation law, most of which go something like this: "I heard the Legislature was going to suspend evaluations for this year, so can I stop doing observations and evaluations of my…
The House Education Committee kicked off a busy last week of session before spring break by reporting out HB 5859, legislation that would establish what amounts to a voucher program to pay for everything from tutoring to homeschool curriculum for…
It seems like everyone in Lansing has an idea for alleviating Michigan's educator shortage. The interest is bi-partisan and there is a lot of common ground, meaning there is a good chance for action if both sides can agree to meet in the middle or…