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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Tuesday, the Michigan Department of Education went live with their Parent Dashboard, the new online data portal that is replacing the old color-coded school report card and other previous school accountability systems. The Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference was held Thursday to come to agreement on how much money the Governor and legislature will be able to plan on when setting their budget recommendations for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

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House Ed Committee Discusses WorkKeys, MHSAA Transfer Rule

On Thursday, the House Education Committee took up a pair of bills that are of particular interest to Principals. HB 4501, introduced by Rep. John Reilly (R-Oakland), would effectively make it optional for schools to administer the WorkKeys portion of the Michigan Merit Exam (MME). HB 5393, introduced by Rep. Jim Tedder (R-Clarkston), is a recently introduced bill that would impact a school’s ability to enforce current Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) rules governing athletic transfers.

HB 4501 – WorkKeys

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Senate Economic Development Committee Talks EDP, SIP Changes

The onslaught of legislation resulting from the recommendations of the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance continued this week with a hearing in the Senate Economic Development Committee on a pair of bills. SB 684, introduced by Senator Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth), would add additional requirements to Michigan’s Educational Development Plan (EDP) process.

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What We Know To Date on 3% Refunds

Now that the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that the state needs to refund school employees their 3% contributions, many folks are anxious to know when they will be getting their money back, how much to expect, and a myriad of other details. Below, we’ve broken down the best information we have to date on these and other questions. However, if you read nothing else, make sure you read this: to make sure you get your refund in a timely fashion, every MPSERS member should log into miAccount (the State's online retirement management system) and make sure their contact information is up to date.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House Workforce and Talent Development Committee heavily modified and reported out versions of the Career Pathways Alliance legislation (HB 5139-42 and HB 5145) first thing Tuesday morning. By the end of the day Wednesday, when the legislature adjourned for its holiday recess, two of the five bills had been heavily amended yet again and passed the House on slim margins and with significant problems left unresolved.