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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House K-12 budget subcommittee met on Tuesday morning to hear joint testimony from MDE and the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED) on career and technical education in Michigan and the recommendations of the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance (MCPA). The recommendations (which are just that in many cases, though a few are tied to specific bills) cover a broad array of ideas from increasing access to career and college counseling for students to supporting schools in recruiting and retaining CTE instructors to (yet more) MMC changes.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Senate Education Committee kicked off the week with a hearing Tuesday on legislation that would expand the scope of Michigan’s current education savings account (ESA) program (which currently covers only higher education) to include education-related expenses for K-12 students (e.g. pay-to-play fees, tutoring, field trip costs, and similar supplementary education services).

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Michigan Legislature returned this week from their summer recess and, while all was quiet in the Senate, the House Education Reform Committee already has a hearing under its belt. On Thursday, the House Education Reform Committee met jointly with the House K-12 budget subcommittee to hear a presentation from MDE on Michigan's ESSA state plan that has been submitted to the US Department of Education for review. While committee members asked questions on everything from assessment to reporting requirements, the topic that garnered the most attention was MDE's choice to move forward with a transparency dashboard for school accountability rather than a letter grade system.

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2017-18 Education Laws To Be Aware Of

The 2017-18 school year is bringing a few new laws with it. You likely already have these changes well in hand, but it's not a bad idea to run down the list one more time and make sure you have all of your T's crossed and I's dotted. To that end, here is a brief review of all the various changes that are new for this school year (and one that isn't totally new, but that we are still getting a few questions about). Along with each issue, we've included links to resources and more information, just in case you need it.

Here's a clickable table of contents if you want to skip ahead:

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Back-to-School Leg Update Webinar Recording

On Wednesday, MASSP’s Bob Kefgen hosted a back-to-school legislative update webinar to cover the big issues facing educators, review the new laws that Principals will be adjusting to this fall, and preview the education issues that are likely to be making headlines this school year. For those who weren’t able to participate live, we recorded the webinar for you to watch at your leisure.

For folks 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.