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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House and Senate reached agreement this week on a 3rd grade reading retention bill, which is now on its way to the Governor. The final bill closely resembles the version that was voted out of the Senate this past spring and retains crucial provisions such as a parent opt-out for allowing students to progress to fourth grade and gives students a variety of ways to demonstrate proficiency so they are not unnecessarily retained.

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House Passes New Seclusion & Restraint Regulations

On Thursday, the House Education Committee passed a nine-bill package of legislation aimed at overhauling Michigan's laws on the use of seclusion and restraint in schools. While the proposed legislation would enact some significant changes, the bills sponsors and their primary champion, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, have worked closely and proactively with the school community and have managed to ally the concerns raised by most school groups, including MASSP.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The State Board voted this past Wednesday to adopt an LGBTQ guidance document that addresses, among other things, the controversial issue of transgender student bathroom and locker room use. The vote was, unsurprisingly, along party lines and came only after several hours of public comment both for and against. Legislatively, the House Education Committee took more testimony on proposed regulations around the use of seclusion and restraint in schools.

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State Board Passes LGBTQ Guidance

This past week, the State Board of Education (SBE) voted to adopt non-binding guidance for schools on LGBTQ issues, including transgender student bathroom and locker room use. While the guidance and the vote have drawn extensive public attention, Principals and other school leaders should note that compliance with the guidance is entirely voluntary.

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Weblines Summer Recap

It's ok. You can admit it. It was summer. So you missed a few editions of Weblines. So what? But wait…now your teachers are asking about the evaluation rating appeals window, your counselors seem to know more than you do about what's happening with the 3% retiree health care contributions, and a parent wants to know whether the state's new science standards require dissection.