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Legislative Update Webinar Recording

On Thursday, MASSP’s Bob Kefgen hosted a legislative update webinar to review the latest out of Lansing, preview the major issues facing Principals going into the 2017-18 school year, and highlight some of the education issues that will be making headlines this coming fall. For those who weren’t able to participate in the live webinar, we recorded the webinar for you to watch at your leisure.

For those looking for written resources, we’ve also include links below to our presentation slides and the various resources and information we shared or covered during the webinar.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The budget is a wrap; a MPSERS bill is wending its way to Governor Snyder’s desk; and the state legislature has gone home for the summer. It would be a stretch to say that the final week of legislative session was drama-free, but compared to the frantic pace of the previous week and the contentious atmosphere that came with a MPSERS overhaul, this past week was practically mellow.

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Budget Finalized, High School Per Pupil Increase Resurfaces

The 2017-18 School Aid Budget is in the books and on its way to Governor Snyder for his signature. The major highlights of this year’s budget include a $25 per pupil payment for high school students, a foundation allowance increase of $60-120 per pupil (distributed using the 2X formula), and a significant increase and expansion of At Risk funding. The funding for high school students was absent in an earlier version of the budget negotiated between the House and Senate without the direct involvement of the Governor's office, but was added back in the final agreement.

The Highlights

Here is a rundown of the budget highlights of most interest to secondary Principals:

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Tuesday afternoon, Governor Snyder and legislative leadership announced that they had reached a conceptual agreement on both a bill to make further changes to the MPSERS system and a plan for spending the $495 million that the legislature set aside to pay for MPSERS reform. Forty-eight hours later, an identical pair of MPSERS bills (HB 4647 and SB 401) had passed both the House and Senate on very close votes (in the House especially, the final tally was 55-52, with supporters garnering the bare minimum of votes necessary to pass the legislation).

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House, Senate Both Pass MPSERS Bills

UPDATE (20 June 2017): The House voted today to concur with SB 401, the version of MPSERS legislation that passed the Senate last week. The bill was passed without any changes, meaning this was the final vote needed to send the MPSERS agreement to Governor Snyder's desk for his signature. For a summary of the changes, see MASSP's earlier article.