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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

Last Tuesday's election saw the largest turnout for a midterm election in Michigan in over 50 years and marked a significant shift in power in state government, though not a complete change in direction (for a full breakdown see MASSP's post-election screencast). Democrats won all of the statewide top-of-the-ticket races (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General), picked up two key congressional seats, and made significant gains in the State House and State Senate, but Republicans still controls both state legislative chambers, though only by three votes in either chamber.

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Webcast: Post-Election Recap

The latest edition in our ongoing Legislative Update webcast series recaps the results of the November general election. We walk through the outcomes and implications of the 2018 general election including reviewing the results of key races, looking at the political makeup of state government for next year, and hitting the highlights of the three statewide ballot proposals.

Click the image below to watch the six-minute webcast (.mp4).

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Get Ahead of Changes to EDP Law

Earlier this year, the Michigan's Legislation changed the law governing what must be included in an Education Development Plan (EDP) and how often it needs to be revised is changing effective December 24, 2018. Among the new requirements imposed by SB 684 (now PA 231 of 2018), any 7th grade students who complete their EDP after this date will be required to develop a Talent Portfolio. MDE guidance on these new requirements is not yet complete, so planning ahead is going to be difficult, but there are a few things Principals can do now to get ahead of the changes.

Reviewing The Requirements

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

Thursday morning's House Education Reform Committee hearing was pretty much the only education-related legislative action this week, but the panel managed to pack a lot into a one-hour hearing. The committee overwhelmingly reported out a pair of bills (HB 5707 and 6401) that would return the percentage of teacher and school administrator evaluations that must be based on student growth to 25% (back down from 40% where it moved at the beginning of this school year).

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Legislature returned to Lansing this week for a few more days of session before the election and the Senate Education Committee wasted no time taking up a trio of bills that dealt with everything from cyber schools to foreign exchange students.