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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Tuesday, the House Law and Justice Committee started debate on 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…changes are expected to the bills before they move out of committee. Also on Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed legislation that would allow parents authorize do-not-resuscitate orders for medically fragile students; as it passed the committee the legislation includes protections from legal action for districts, staff and other good Samaritans if they are acting in good faith.

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Grow with Google Coming to Lansing

On March 9 and 10, Grow with Google will be providing educators and others free training, demos, coaching with Google employees, and the opportunity to talk with Google's incredible local partner organizations. The sessions will be held at the Gannon Building on the campus of Lansing Community College in downtown Lansing (see the flyers linked at the bottom of this article for more information).

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House and Senate K-12 budget subcommittees started hearings this week on the 2018-19 School Aid Fund budget and it quickly became obvious that—while legislators like the idea of giving schools a significant foundation increase going into a major election cycle—there was little support with either subcommittee chair for the Governor's proposals to reduce cyber school foundation or cap shared time expenditures as a way to fund that increase.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Wednesday, Governor Snyder rolled out his eighth and final budget recommendation, which contained—among other things—a proposal for the largest single-year foundation increase since 2002: $120-240 per pupil on the 2X formula. Other highlights included three different per pupil increases targeted at special populations: $25 per pupil for high school students (a continuation of a provision the the current budget), $25 per pupil for students enrolled in CTE programs, and an additional $25 per pupil if the CTE program is in a high needs area.

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New MMC FAQ Has Important Updates For Scheduling Season

Scheduling season is here! You may already be underway with scheduling classes for the 2018-19 school year. If not, you are certain to start the process in the coming weeks. This week, we want to highlight some key revisions made to MDE's MMC Frequently Asked Questions. This revised document was originally released in September 2017, so you may have seen it already or you may have simply put it in your pile of things to deal with at scheduling time.