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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.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

In its third week of hearings Senate Education Subcommittee on the Michigan Merit Curriculum took testimony from St. Clair High School principal and MASSP Region 5 Representative Ron Miller along with Northview High School principal and MASSP Past-President Mark Thomas and Berkley Schools superintendent Dennis McDavid (you can watch a video of their testimony here).

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees met on Tuesday of this week and moved their respective versions of the K-12 budget to the floor, taking the next procedural step in the budget process. While there were some technical amendments made in each committee, none of the major line items shifted and Principals can still use MASSP’s side-by-side budget comparison to see how the three versions of the budget has shaken out so far.

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Tell Congress to Preserve Title II Funding

On March 16, President Trump released his 2017-2018 budget proposal, which partially outlined the administration’s plans for federal education funding. The proposed budget includes significant funding cuts to key federal programs including the complete elimination of Title II, Part A funds, a major source of professional development funding for Michigan schools.

While this proposal to eliminate Title II is troubling, Congress is still debating the budget proposal and can fully restore the proposed cuts. NASSP has put together an email action alert that Principals can use to contact their US Representatives and Senators.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House Workforce and talent Development Committee took more testimony on and reported out a quartet of bills (see our earlier article on the bills for details) that would make revisions to the MMC…all four of which passed the full House on Thursday and are now headed to the Senate. While MASSP opposes only one of the four bills, Director of Government Relations Bob Kefgen testified about the impact that the continual debating and changing of state graduation requirements and content standards is having on students and educators and asked the committee to consider what compelling reason they had for making yet another change.