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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.

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Gov's Budget Proposal Calls for Variety of Per Pupil Increases

Governor Snyder has rolled out his final Executive Budget Recommendation…and it's a doozy. Fortunately, the major provisions are few and straightforward, making this budget pretty easy to explain and grasp. And for most Principals, this budget is good news: a big foundation increase, additional targeted adjustments for high school and CTE students, and continued funding for things like At Risk. But the Governor proposes paying for some of the new spending with targeted cuts, specifically a cap on shared time and a reduction in cyber school foundation allowances…two items that will be deal breakers for some districts.

Let's go to the film…

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Tuesday, the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee and the Senate Education Committee heard testimony (separately) from representatives of the College Board, who presented on the tools and supports available to students and educators through the College Board partnership with Khan Academy (e.g. free practice tests, linking Khan to a student's College Board account, individualized test preparation, etc.).