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Senate Committee Debates Adding Financial Literacy To MMC

On Thursday, the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee debated legislation that would change the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) by requiring that students take a half-credit financial literacy course as part of their fourth required math credit. MASSP presented in opposition to the bill, which was ultimately re-referred to the Senate Education Committee where its future is uncertain.

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Vote On Common Core Could Come This Week

It appears that the Michigan House and Senate may vote as soon as this week on whether to fund continued implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Michigan. Though there appears to be solid support among legislators, the Tea Party and other interest groups are certain to try some last minute arm-twisting. We need your help to push Common Core over the finish line. Click here to TAKE ACTION!

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

Action is expected as soon as this week to resolve the Common Core situation, so please click here to TAKE ACTION, and remind your local lawmakers of the importance of supporting Common Core. The House and Senate Education Committee's met jointly on Wednesday to take testimony from Dr. Deborah Ball, chair of the Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness, regarding that groups recommendations.

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Committees Hold First MCEE Hearing

The House and Senate Education committees met jointly on Wednesday to hear from Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness (MCEE) chair and Dean of the University of Michigan School of Eduation Dr. Deborah Ball. This was the first legislative hearing on the work of the MCEE since the final report was released in August. The committee also heard from Sandi Jacobs, with the National Council on Teacher Quality in Washington, D.C., who gave committee members a perspective on what is being done nationally with regard to educator evaluations.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Michigan Legislature returned to Lansing this week after their summer recess, but only for one day. After voting to pass a Michigan version of Medicaid reform, lawmakers left town in deference to Rosh Hashanah. The real action starts next week when the House and Senate Education Committees will hold a joint meeting on Wednesday, September 11 at 2:00pm to take testimony from Dr. Deborah Ball on the final report of the Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness.