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Senate Reports K-12 Budget Recommendation

On Tuesday morning, the Senate K-12 budget subcommittee reported out its version of the K-12 budget for 2018-19. What’s in? The Senate included a sizable foundation increase on the 2X formula, new funding for CTE programs that do not have access to local CTE millage dollars, and the $25 per pupil bonus for high school students that first appeared in last year’s budget. What’s out? The Governor’s proposals for cuts to shared time programs and cyber schools, a per pupil incentive payment for CTE students, and changes to the boilerplate for At Risk funding.

Side-by-Side

Here’s a side-by-side breakdown of the Senate budget recommendation and the executive budget recommendation:

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Tuesday, the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee passed HB 4106 and HB 5676, a pair of bills that could make it easier for high school students to earn credit for work-based learning experiences and should also simplify the process for high schools that have to oversee those experiences.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House Judiciary Committee took it's second week of testimony on a quartet of bills that would make significant changes to Michigan truancy laws and this week the school community had its opportunity to make the case for amendments to the bills. MASSP has been working with MASA, MASB, and committee members to ensure that the bills do not impose unworkable policies on local districts and, based on how Tuesday's testimony was received, we believe we are making progress in getting our issues resolved.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Tuesday, the House Law and Justice Committee passed a trio of bills (HB 5130-32) that would change the law around expulsion and school attendance of a pupil convicted of criminal sexual conduct when the victim attends the same school. Under the revised bills, being found guilty by the courts of criminal sexual conduct against another student in the school (even if the incident occurred off-campus) would be a zero tolerance offense (subject to the seven factors that schools are now required to consider in all suspension or expulsion cases).

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Governor Unveils Marshall Plan for Talent

The Marshall Plan for Talent: big statewide headlines, $100 million in proposed spending, state officials talking about a "revolution" in education and Governor Snyder saying "It’s not your dad’s job anymore, so why is it your grandfather’s school?"

The Governor rolled out his Marshall Plan for Talent in Detroit on Thursday flanked by (among others) Lieutenant Governor Calley and legislative leadership from both the House and Senate. This is the latest in an ongoing series of initiatives out of Lansing focused on making changes to Michigan's education system with an eye toward the needs of employers and the workforce.

So what is the Marshall Plan for Talent?