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The Detroit Regional Chamber's annual Mackinac Policy Conference took many lawmakers out of Lansing and up to Mackinac Island for the second half of the week, but that didn't stop the legislature from getting a good amount of work finished during the day and a half of session they actually held.
On Wednesday, both the Senate and House Education Committees passed legislation that would transfer administration responsibilities for the state's student assessment program from the Michigan Department of Education to the Department of Treasury. These bills come in the midst of legislative debate over the state's next student assessment.
The Senate and the House both moved forward this week with bills that would shift responsibility for Michigan's student assessment program from MDE to the Department of Treasury. Whether the bills will move beyond Wednesday's committee vote is unclear, though the larger and more immediate question—what will Michigan do next year for a state assessment?—seems likely to be resolved in the next two weeks as the legislature moves toward finalizing budgets for the year.
The House passed long-awaited educator evaluation legislation with resounding bi-partisan support; the bills now move to the Senate where speedy action is hoped for. At the same time the Senate sent the House a bill that would temporarily delay Michigan's current evaluation law from taking effect, thereby giving districts a reprieve while the legislature hammers out a final decision.