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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House K-12 budget subcommittee met on Tuesday morning to hear joint testimony from MDE and the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED) on career and technical education in Michigan and the recommendations of the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance (MCPA). The recommendations (which are just that in many cases, though a few are tied to specific bills) cover a broad array of ideas from increasing access to career and college counseling for students to supporting schools in recruiting and retaining CTE instructors to (yet more) MMC changes.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Senate Education Committee kicked off the week with a hearing Tuesday on legislation that would expand the scope of Michigan’s current education savings account (ESA) program (which currently covers only higher education) to include education-related expenses for K-12 students (e.g. pay-to-play fees, tutoring, field trip costs, and similar supplementary education services).

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Michigan Legislature returned this week from their summer recess and, while all was quiet in the Senate, the House Education Reform Committee already has a hearing under its belt. On Thursday, the House Education Reform Committee met jointly with the House K-12 budget subcommittee to hear a presentation from MDE on Michigan's ESSA state plan that has been submitted to the US Department of Education for review. While committee members asked questions on everything from assessment to reporting requirements, the topic that garnered the most attention was MDE's choice to move forward with a transparency dashboard for school accountability rather than a letter grade system.

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MDE Guidance Issued on Emergency Seclusion and Physical Restraint

On Thursday, the Michigan Department of Education released guidance documents for school districts on implementing the new laws governing the emergency use of seclusion and physical restraint. These documents include an FAQ, a sample documentation form, and a sample debriefing form. To assist you in getting your head around this information, we’ve excerpted some key sections of the FAQ that Principals will want to be aware of.

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2017-18 Education Laws To Be Aware Of

The 2017-18 school year is bringing a few new laws with it. You likely already have these changes well in hand, but it's not a bad idea to run down the list one more time and make sure you have all of your T's crossed and I's dotted. To that end, here is a brief review of all the various changes that are new for this school year (and one that isn't totally new, but that we are still getting a few questions about). Along with each issue, we've included links to resources and more information, just in case you need it.

Here's a clickable table of contents if you want to skip ahead: