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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?

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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).