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House Names Subcommittee on Common Core

On Thursday, the House announced the creation of a subcommittee to study and make recommendations on Michigan's continued participation in the Common Core State Standards. The subcommittee has not yet scheduled any meetings, but unofficial indications are that the group will be meeting through the summer. A list of subcommittee members is below.

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Senate Passes District Dissolution Bills

The Senate passed a pair of bills (HB 4813 & 4815) that would allow the state to dissolve a limited set of school districts if it determines them to no longer be financially viable.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The debate over allowing the state to forcibly dissolve deficit districts was the dominant topic in education politics this past week. A joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees debated legislation until 7:30 on Tuesday night. The House Education Committee then took up the bills again the next day and met until after 8:00pm before voting out a version of the legislation for consideration by the full House.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Tuesday, the Senate passed the FY 2013-14 omnibus budget that includes language prohibiting the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) from expending any money to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or the Smarter Balanced assessment.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House Education Committee was busy this week, first holding a Tuesday hearing to vote out bills to make changes to the Michigan Merit Curriculum, and then holding another on Wednesday to debate performance pay for educators.