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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Senate Education Committee met Tuesday to take testimony on a pair of bills (SB 343-44) that would affect secondary principals: one to require districts to provide students with regional information on in-demand occupations during the EDP process, another to create an optional STEM diploma endorsement. MASSP testified with concerns on both bills, which are in the very earliest stages of the legislative process and have a long way to go before they have any chance of becoming law.

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GF Down, SAF Up in May Revenue Estimates

The State Treasurer and directors of the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies met Wednesday to come to consensus on the revenue estimates that will be used to finalize state budgets for next year. Bottom line: the state’s chief economists now project that while the School Aid Fund will do better than initially expected general fund (GF) revenues will come in lower, likely leading to pressure for both GF cuts and more School Aid diversions.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

Nearly 350 Principals and other school administrators joined MASSP and MASA in East Lansing on Tuesday for a one-day conference to cover the new legal requirements that schools have under the Zero Tolerance and Seclusion & Restraint legislation that passed last legislative session. MASSP is working to compile an FAQ and other member resources based on topics from the event. The Senate Education Committee also met Tuesday and voted out a bill that would further limit deed restrictions being placed on school buildings sold to third parties…the stated intent of the bill is to prevent local units of government from using deed restrictions to limit charter schools' access to vacant school buildings.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

In its third week of hearings Senate Education Subcommittee on the Michigan Merit Curriculum took testimony from St. Clair High School principal and MASSP Region 5 Representative Ron Miller along with Northview High School principal and MASSP Past-President Mark Thomas and Berkley Schools superintendent Dennis McDavid (you can watch a video of their testimony here).

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees met on Tuesday of this week and moved their respective versions of the K-12 budget to the floor, taking the next procedural step in the budget process. While there were some technical amendments made in each committee, none of the major line items shifted and Principals can still use MASSP’s side-by-side budget comparison to see how the three versions of the budget has shaken out so far.