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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

Tuesday was the only day of legislative session this week, but the House and Senate made it count as they churned through huge agendas and sent over 120 different bills to the Governor's desk before leaving for their summer recess and the campaign trail. The legislature made a few last tweaks to the K-12 budget (MASSP's budget breakdown has been updated to reflect the changes) that could have a significant impact on districts with large or growing numbers of shared time or tuition students.

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Marshall Plan, Career Pathways Bills Headed to Gov

Both Governor Snyder’s Marshall Plan for Talent and a series of bills collectively referred to as the Career Pathways Alliance legislation made it across the finish line before summer break. A few other bills that weren’t officially part of either effort but were tangentially related were also able to ride the wave. The end result: a whole lot of new legislation dealing with topics ranging from school improvement plans to the MMC to teacher certification is headed to Governor Snyder for signature.

Here’s a breakdown of the various pieces of legislation. MASSP will continue to follow up on each of these bills as more detail becomes available about how each of these initiatives will be implemented and enforced by MDE.

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Final Agreement Reached on K-12 Budget (UPDATED 13 June 2018)

UPDATE (13 June 2018): During the process of rolling all the major education-related budget bills (K-12, higher education, and community colleges) into a single omnibus bill (HB 5579), the Legislature made a few last tweaks to boilerplate language in the School Aid Fund budget before passing it and sending it to the Governor's desk for signature. Two in particular are of note: a cap on how quickly a district can grow its shared time programs and a prohibition on collecting foundation allowances for out-of-state students who also pay tuition.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

It was a hectic next-to-last week of session before summer break and there are dozens of bills in play as both chambers cut deals to try and get their priorities across the finish line going into the summer primaries and party conventions…so look forward to MASSP's post-session breakdown and in the meantime, strap in for a roller coaster overview.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Legislature had a short week of session, wrapping up by the middle of Wednesday afternoon as lawmakers headed to Mackinac Island for the annual Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference. Over the past several years, there has been a concerted effort by Governor Snyder and legislative leadership to wrap up budgets prior to heading to the island, but not so this year as the much better than anticipated revenue projections reported two weeks ago left lawmakers with an unexpected windfall to spend and not enough time before the conference to negotiate how to spend it all.