Bob Kefgen's blog
The clock is winding down on the Michigan Legislature's fall session schedule for 2013. When House and Senate members return from Thanksgiving break in December, they will have only six more guaranteed days of session during which to wrap up any business they want to complete before the new year (admittedly, both chambers have 3 tentative days of session scheduled, but the Lansing insiders are betting that they won't use them). So what does that mean for principals?
The legislature has left for their Thanksgiving break, which just happens to encompass the entirety of Michigan's firearm deer hunting season. Before they left town, though, the Senate Education Committee reported out five bills: three of them would change Michigan's social studies content standards, the other two make changes to the school safety drill laws.
On Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee reported out legislation that would require the State Board of Education to change Michigan's social studies content standards and assessments to include a host of additional "American heritage" education topics. The package of three bills introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) is nominally aimed at increasing the amount of civics education students receive as it relates to founding documents and core principles, though the scope is somewhat broader than that. The bills are as follows:
After two whirlwind weeks of testimony on a pair of bills that would make sweeping changes to Michigan's school accountability system and require schools to hold back third graders who were not proficient on their reading MEAP, the indication from committee chair Lisa Lyons (R-Alto) on Thursday was that the House Education Committee intended to slow down the process so as to not rush through an incomplete proposal.
The Senate and House Education Committees both got into the mix this week, the former taking testimony on school safety drills, the latter hearing from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) on letter grades for schools and social promotion.