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The House Education Committee didn't meet this week, but there was some movement on HB 4199, legislation that would finally eliminate Michigan's law requiring districts to qualify for a waiver from the state in order to begin school prior to Labor…
Over the past week, MDE has put out two different memos that modified the rules for forgiven time for the current school year. Taken together, the memos give schools more ability to access forgiven time. You may feel a little whiplash with all the…
The House Education Committee kicked off the week on a positive note by reporting out HB 4810-11, a pair of bills that would eliminate the state statutory requirement for students to take the SAT Essay and also the requirement for districts to list…
In October 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an epidemic order that required all schools to publicly post confirmed school-associated cases of COVID-19. Today, MDHHS rescinded that order. Schools are still subject to…
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee and the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee both took up identical pieces of legislation (HB 5859 and SB 925 respectively) that would allocate federal pandemic response funding to create a…
With the passage of HB 4294 earlier this school year, support staff and other school employees can step in and serve their communities as substitute teachers for the remainder of this school year without regard to their level of post-secondary…
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee met to discuss the equalization payments to local districts passed under section 11t of the 2021-22 School Aid Fund budget (this was the $362 million federal ESSER III dollars the state appropriated to…
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee held a hearing on two bills, voting out HB 5703 (a bill to require school districts to post certain specific sections of the Michigan Constitution and the School Code that deal with parent rights in the…
The House Education Committee met Tuesday morning to take up several bills including HB 4810-11 – sponsored by Reps. Brad Paquette (R-Niles) and David Martin (R-Davison) – which would eliminate the requirement for Michigan to administer the SAT…
The State of the State address was short on education highlights, but we were told at the time to expect education issues to headline in the budget. Boy, do they ever! The Governor is touting her budget as the largest investment in K-12 education in…
Even though the Legislature canceled two of their three scheduled session days this week, there was still plenty of education-related action before the snow hit Lansing. The House Education Committee met Tuesday morning and took up HB 5685, a bill…
Governor Whitmer delivered her fourth annual State of the State address on Wednesday. Because of continuing high COVID-19 case numbers, the speech was delivered virtually rather than in front of a packed joint House and Senate session. Education was…