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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House and Senate are officially on spring break until at least April 17. Both the House and Senate K-12 budget subcommittees successfully reported out their budget recommendations before leaving town. The Senate had its done last week and the House reported its version on Tuesday, putting out a proposal that closely resembles the Governor's budget recommendation, though with some key differences.

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House Reports K-12 Budget Rec

This week the House K-12 budget subcommittee unveiled its proposal for the 2014-15 School Aid budget. With key differences, the House budget closely resembles Governor Snyder's executive budget recommendation released back in February and would mean a base foundation allowance increase for schools between $56 and $112 per pupil over current year funding levels.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

After months of debate the House managed to crowbar through the latest bill in the continuing saga of the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) on a 56-54 vote. The bill would expand the EAA well beyond its current 15 schools to an eventual cap of 50 schools. The Senate K-12 Appropriations subcommittee was the first out of the gate when it reported its proposed 2014-15 School Aid Budget on Wednesday morning.

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Senate Makes its K-12 Budget Recommendations

On Wednesday, the Senate K-12 budget subcommittee reported out their recommendation for the 2014-15 School Aid budget. The cornerstone of the budget was a move to pull money out of categorical line items like performance funding grants and best practices grants and instead put the funding into the foundation allowance. Unfortunately, though not unexpectedly, the Senate also eliminated funding for some key provisions in the Governor's budget.

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House Ed Committee Debates Phys Ed, Civics Requirements

The House Education Committee voted Wednesday on a package of bills that would encourage, though not require, schools to provide additional instruction in civics and early U.S. history, particularly certain founding documents. They also began debate on a bill that would put in place new and overly burdensome physical education requirements.

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