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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.

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Senate Reports K-12 Budget Recommendation

On Tuesday morning, the Senate K-12 budget subcommittee reported out its version of the K-12 budget for 2018-19. What’s in? The Senate included a sizable foundation increase on the 2X formula, new funding for CTE programs that do not have access to local CTE millage dollars, and the $25 per pupil bonus for high school students that first appeared in last year’s budget. What’s out? The Governor’s proposals for cuts to shared time programs and cyber schools, a per pupil incentive payment for CTE students, and changes to the boilerplate for At Risk funding.

Side-by-Side

Here’s a side-by-side breakdown of the Senate budget recommendation and the executive budget recommendation: