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This Week in State Politics in Five Sentences (or Fewer)

Senator Kahn created the biggest stir this week with the introduction of SB 1040, a bill to significantly overhaul the MPSERS system. Not to be outdone, the Senate K-12 Appropriations Subcommittee heard State Superintendent Mike Flanagan concede that, despite what it says in the Governor’s budget recommendation, the MEAP test is not an effective measure of growth.

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"View from the Capitol" Covers Retirement Reform, Cybers and More

This week I joined Peter Spadafore from MASB on “Views from the Capitol” to discuss the latest on cyber schools, the budget, and MPSERS reform. Because the webinar format for this program is interactive, we were able to answer viewers’ questions in real time while still making a recording of our presentation available for those who were not able to join us live.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Less)

Charter school representatives this week joined the chorus of voices telling the House and Senate School Aid Appropriations Subcommittee members that the MEAP cannot be used to measure growth.

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The Past Week in State Politics – In 5 Sentences (or Less)

It was a busy week for education policy with the legislature debating student growth models and pupil count days, the House naming a new Chair for its Education Committee, and more MMC reform legislation being introduced in both chambers.

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Governor Snyder Touches on Truancy in Public Safety Message

As part of his Special Message to the Legislature on Public Safety, Governor Snyder spent some time focusing on the issue of truancy. In brief, the proposal calls for the Department of Human Services to:

  • Place additional Family Resource Center (FRC) social workers in the 135 public elementary schools located in Flint, Saginaw, Pontiac and Detroit.