Three days of session left in 2013 and counting. The House is feverishly pushing forward with legislation that would impose a new retention requirement and mandatory interventions for third graders who are not proficient on the state's third grade reading assessment.
On Wednesday the House Education Committee sent to the full House two packages: one requiring the retention of third-graders who do not test proficient in reading, the other creating a letter grading system of the state's schools to replace other state accountability systems. The bills did not receive a vote on the floor yet and it appears that, at least for now, the legislation does not have the support from legislators to take the next step.
Third-Grade Reading Bills
The Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) is once again the subject of debate in Lansing. This time, the Senate Education Committee is taking up legislation that would make a series of minor tweaks to the state's high school curriculum, primarily focused on the personal curriculum (PC) portion of the law. The stated intent of the bill is to make MMC more compatible with career technical education (CTE).
As Principals, we are often forced into no-win situations, against all odds, backs against the wall...or are we?
The clock is winding down on the Michigan Legislature's fall session schedule for 2013. When House and Senate members return from Thanksgiving break in December, they will have only six more guaranteed days of session during which to wrap up any business they want to complete before the new year (admittedly, both chambers have 3 tentative days of session scheduled, but the Lansing insiders are betting that they won't use them). So what does that mean for principals?