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Changes to Pupil Accounting Manual Specific to Online Learning

On January 17, the Michigan Department of Education sent a memo to local superintendents informing them that the following sections of the Pupil Accounting Manual specific to online learning had been updated: 

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Michigan Department of Education took some heat from legislators on Wednesday over their recent report on Common Core assessment options. Lawmakers seemed skeptical about both the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and MDE's report.

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MDE Assessment Report Comes Under Fire from Legislature

Officials from the Michigan Department of Education were barraged with questions on Wednesday about their recent report on Common Core assessment options. The MDE presented its report a joint meeting of all four of the state's legislature's committees on education policy and budget. The takeaway, as the Lansing political newsletter MIRS put it: "the Smarter Balanced pill may still be a tough one for this Legislature to swallow."

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State of the State Sets Stage for K-12 Budget

Anyone wondering what is likely to show up in Governor Snyder's budget recommendation in two weeks got a pretty good preview from Thursday's State of the State speech. While the Governor spent a good portion of his election year address highlighting what he saw as his successes of the past three years, there were several education related items, which got a mention.

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Teacher, Administrator Evaluation Bills Introduced

After months of meetings and collecting input from stakeholders, State Representatives Margaret O'Brien (R-Portage) and Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) have introduced a pair of carefully crafted bills to implement the recommendations of the Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness (MCEE). While the legislation does not exactly mirror the Council's final recommendation, it captures all of the important elements and provides an excellent starting point for a legislative debate.