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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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.

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House Subcommittee Budget Reported

On Tuesday afternoon, the House K-12 budget subcommittee reported out its version of the K-12 budget for 2018-19. Like the Governor and the Senate, the House included a sizable foundation increase on the 2X formula, some new funding for CTE and the $25 per pupil bonus for high school students that first appeared in last year's budget. Like the Senate, the House also restored the cuts proposed by Governor Snyder to shared time and cyber schools. The House also included the Governor's Marshall Plan for Talent proposal as part of their recommendation, something that the Senate plans to do as a separate bill.

Side-by-Side

Here's a side-by-side breakdown of the major provisions of the House, Senate, and Executive budget recommendations:

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Teacher Prep Reform Bills Pass House Committee

Just before leaving for their spring break, the House Education Reform Committee reported out a package of eight bills that would make significant changes to the laws governing teacher preparation in Michigan. Among other things, the legislation would impose continuing education requirements on college and university faculty, require specific content in subjects like classroom management and using data to inform instruction be added to undergraduate curriculum, and revise the student teaching experience.

The Bills

All tolled, the package contains eight bills that address a number of different aspects within teacher preparation:

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Tuesday, the Senate K-12 budget subcommittee reported out its proposal for the 2018-19 School Aid budget…a proposal that looked a lot like Governor Snyder's executive budget recommendation with a few key changes. The House held off on reporting out its version of the K-12 budget for next year until after the legislature returns from its spring break in two weeks.