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House, Senate Introduce Bills to Close MPSERS for New Employees

On Tuesday, identical bills were introduced in the House and Senate to close the MPSERS system for new employees and instead offer them a 401k-style retirement plan modeled after the benefit offered to state employees. Legislative leaders have been signaling for weeks that they intended to take a run at this issue, so the move is not unexpected. What the bills fail to address is how the legislature intends to fund the multi-billion dollar price tag that would come with closing the pension system.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Senate Education Committee met Tuesday to take testimony on a pair of bills (SB 343-44) that would affect secondary principals: one to require districts to provide students with regional information on in-demand occupations during the EDP process, another to create an optional STEM diploma endorsement. MASSP testified with concerns on both bills, which are in the very earliest stages of the legislative process and have a long way to go before they have any chance of becoming law.

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Important Info on State Test Verification Process

This week’s Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability contains critical information for Principals on the Answer Sheet Verification process schools must complete in the BAA Secure site. The window will be open for SAT from May 24 to May 31, and ensuring accurate information will be very important to making our score release timelines. The two articles below provide further information (including any relevant deadlines) on this as well as the processes for verification of enrollment and verification of students not tested.

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GF Down, SAF Up in May Revenue Estimates

The State Treasurer and directors of the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies met Wednesday to come to consensus on the revenue estimates that will be used to finalize state budgets for next year. Bottom line: the state’s chief economists now project that while the School Aid Fund will do better than initially expected general fund (GF) revenues will come in lower, likely leading to pressure for both GF cuts and more School Aid diversions.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

Nearly 350 Principals and other school administrators joined MASSP and MASA in East Lansing on Tuesday for a one-day conference to cover the new legal requirements that schools have under the Zero Tolerance and Seclusion & Restraint legislation that passed last legislative session. MASSP is working to compile an FAQ and other member resources based on topics from the event. The Senate Education Committee also met Tuesday and voted out a bill that would further limit deed restrictions being placed on school buildings sold to third parties…the stated intent of the bill is to prevent local units of government from using deed restrictions to limit charter schools' access to vacant school buildings.