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The substitute teacher shortage facing Michigan schools was in the spotlight during Thursday’s House Education Reform Committee meeting. The panel took testimony on three different bills that seek to address the issue by expanding the pool of people…
The House Workforce and talent Development Committee took more testimony on and reported out a quartet of bills (see our earlier article on the bills for details) that would make revisions to the MMC…all four of which passed the full House on…
The first week of April will mark the beginning of the legislative spring break and, unsurprisingly, the legislature is scrambling to tie up some loose ends and check a few last boxes before they head home for a two-week hiatus. Little information…
The Michigan House of Representatives is once again debating changes to the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC). A four-bill package was taken up for testimony this past Tuesday in the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee. Taken together,…
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…