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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.

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Tell Congress to Preserve Title II Funding

On March 16, President Trump released his 2017-2018 budget proposal, which partially outlined the administration’s plans for federal education funding. The proposed budget includes significant funding cuts to key federal programs including the complete elimination of Title II, Part A funds, a major source of professional development funding for Michigan schools.

While this proposal to eliminate Title II is troubling, Congress is still debating the budget proposal and can fully restore the proposed cuts. NASSP has put together an email action alert that Principals can use to contact their US Representatives and Senators.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House Workforce and talent Development Committee took more testimony on and reported out a quartet of bills (see our earlier article on the bills for details) that would make revisions to the MMC…all four of which passed the full House on Thursday and are now headed to the Senate. While MASSP opposes only one of the four bills, Director of Government Relations Bob Kefgen testified about the impact that the continual debating and changing of state graduation requirements and content standards is having on students and educators and asked the committee to consider what compelling reason they had for making yet another change.

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House, Senate K-12 Budgets Depart from Gov's Proposal

The House and Senate K-12 budget subcommittees both reported their versions of the 2017-18 School Aid Fund budget this week. But where the Governor's budget proposed some significant new school funding ideas, both the House and Senate budgets are closer to the existing system. This means that things like the cap on shared time spending and the reduced foundation allowance for cyber schools are not included in either budget, but at the cost of line items like the $50 per pupil allotment for high school students and some of the increases to At Risk funding proposed in the Executive Recommendation.

Breaking it Down

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The first week of April will mark the beginning of the legislative spring break and, unsurprisingly, the legislature is scrambling to tie up some loose ends and check a few last boxes before they head home for a two-week hiatus. Little information has leaked about the details of what either chamber is going to put forward in their respective budget proposals (which are due out this coming week), but both the House and Senate K-12 budget subcommittees held their last week of testimony and will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively to report out their versions of the 2017-18 School Aid budget.