The Senate passed a pair of bills (HB 4813 & 4815) that would allow the state to dissolve a limited set of school districts if it determines them to no longer be financially viable.
The debate over allowing the state to forcibly dissolve deficit districts was the dominant topic in education politics this past week. A joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees debated legislation until 7:30 on Tuesday night. The House Education Committee then took up the bills again the next day and met until after 8:00pm before voting out a version of the legislation for consideration by the full House.
On Tuesday, the Senate passed the FY 2013-14 omnibus budget that includes language prohibiting the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) from expending any money to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or the Smarter Balanced assessment.
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