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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Senate Education Committee took testimony Tuesday on SB 727, a bill to eliminate the Basic Skills Test (currently the SAT) for teachers going through alternative certification programs…the argument being that the things being assessed may not be relevant for people transitioning to teaching mid-career (i.e. does a former translator who wants to teach Spanish really need to get a a qualifying score on the math potion of the SAT?).

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Think Ahead About MDE's Parent Dashboard

Last week, the Michigan Department of Education Released their new Parent Dashboard, a new online data portal that is replacing the old color-coded school report card and other previous school accountability systems. The new dashboard eschews letter grades for schools in favor of simplified analytics—like student growth and proficiency—that are compared against both the statewide average and other schools with similar demographics.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Tuesday, the Michigan Department of Education went live with their Parent Dashboard, the new online data portal that is replacing the old color-coded school report card and other previous school accountability systems. The Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference was held Thursday to come to agreement on how much money the Governor and legislature will be able to plan on when setting their budget recommendations for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

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House Ed Committee Discusses WorkKeys, MHSAA Transfer Rule

On Thursday, the House Education Committee took up a pair of bills that are of particular interest to Principals. HB 4501, introduced by Rep. John Reilly (R-Oakland), would effectively make it optional for schools to administer the WorkKeys portion of the Michigan Merit Exam (MME). HB 5393, introduced by Rep. Jim Tedder (R-Clarkston), is a recently introduced bill that would impact a school’s ability to enforce current Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) rules governing athletic transfers.

HB 4501 – WorkKeys

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Senate Economic Development Committee Talks EDP, SIP Changes

The onslaught of legislation resulting from the recommendations of the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance continued this week with a hearing in the Senate Economic Development Committee on a pair of bills. SB 684, introduced by Senator Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth), would add additional requirements to Michigan’s Educational Development Plan (EDP) process.