On Monday, Governor Snyder released his version of new school safety legislation which includes $20 million for school security upgrades (compared to the $100 million proposal put forward by law enforcement and school groups which also included funding for personnel) and a new state oversight body (called the Safe Schools Commission) whose duties would include annually reviewing school's safety plans and issuing safety grades to schools based on site inspections. On Tuesday the House Law and Justice Committee held the first of what is expected to be three consecutive weeks of debate on a package of bills introduced in response to the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case, but which include half a dozen bills that would impact K-12 education.
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The House K-12 budget subcommittee met on Tuesday afternoon and reported out their version of the budget which included a counter-proposal to Governor Snyder Marshall Plan for Talent. This is a departure from the Senate version of the K-12 budget which passed out of subcommittee prior to spring recess, but included no action on the Marshall Plan (opting instead to deal with it in a separate bill at a yet-to-be-determined date). Other than the budget, the week was light on education policy action as the Legislature is just returning to Lansing after a two-week spring recess and seems to be spending its energy preparing for the next big wave of policy debates.