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Work Needed on New Career Pathways Bills

Following two weeks of testimony about the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance (MCPA) recommendations, five new bills were introduced in the House this week. The legislation deals with various topics related to CTE and is being couched as enacting the ideas outlined by the MCPA, but only some of the bills actually align with those recommendations and most will need work if they are going to help rather than create new problems for Principals and other educators.

That said, every indication MASSP has received in our early conversations with legislators and other stakeholders is that there is broad willingness to work collaboratively to address any issues and make the legislation helpful for educators.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

It was a week for controversial issues in the House and Senate Education Committees. The Senate Education Committee met briefly on Tuesday to report out SB 574, a controversial bill that would require that any county enhancement millages passed in the future be apportioned among all public school students (traditional and charter) where most current enhancement millages only go to traditional public schools.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House Committee on Workforce and Talent Development met first thing Tuesday to take testimony from State Superintendent Brian Whiston and Director of the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development Roger Curtis on the recommendations of the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance. This is the second legislative hearing on these recommendations in as many weeks and was also the subject of a meeting with the Governor's staff that MASSP attended on Tuesday afternoon…a clear indication that legislative action is imminent, though the exact details remain unclear.

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Career Pathways Alliance Recommendations Getting Legislative Attention

In June, the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance (MCPA) convened by Governor Snyder announced a series of recommendations intended to promote and expand career technical education. Recently, these recommendations are getting more attention as two House committees heard presentations from the Michigan Office of Talent and Economic Development (TED) and Michigan Department of Education (MDE).

While the recommendations are geared toward CTE, several items will have broader implications, potentially impacting the MMC, district's school improvement plans (SIPs), and Michigan's teacher certification requirements.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

During what was otherwise a pretty slow week for education policy, the House Education Reform Committee met Thursday to take up a pair of bills. The committee reported out HB 4735—introduced by Rep. Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis)—which would allow students to dual enroll across state lines if their district is within 20 miles of Michigan’s border with another state.