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This Week in Politics in Five Sentences (or Fewer)

Although no deal has been announced, the rumors around Lansing indicate that a late night session on Wednesday is expected and that Senate leadership and the Governor’s office are pushing to have a final deal on the MPSERS reform bill completed this week.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

With the Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act and summer election season going full tilt, this week’s big education news got swallowed by other issues. Despite that, MME results released this week show continued improvement statewide in students’ performance on the exam. The Michigan Department of Education focused its message on the overall improvement while Education Trust Midwest put out a press release pointing out that the achievement gaps grew between white students and African American, Latino, and economically disadvantaged students.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (of Fewer)

The House Education Subcommittee on Teacher Certification and Continuing Education held their fourth meeting this week to discuss potentially changing the continuing education requirements for obtaining and maintaining a teacher certificate in Michigan. MASSP was on hand to explain that the new teacher certification rules developed by MDE largely addressed the concerns raised by subcommittee members and to answer committee member’s questions about continuing education and professional development.

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This Week in Politics in Five Sentences (or Fewer)

The Legislature is gone...for now at least. While the House managed to pass the MPSERS reform bill, SB 1040, before they left, the Senate swung and missed, leaving the legislation and schools and school employees in limbo going into next school year.

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House, Senate Finalize Changes to Kindergarten Start Date

The House and Senate jointly reported out a pair of bills, HB 4513 and SB 316, to roll back the date by which children have to be 5 years old in order to enroll in kindergarten from December 1 to September 1. The change will take place over a period of three years. The bill provides that parents can waive their 4-year-old children into kindergarten if they will be five by December 1.