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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.

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Union Dues Collection Ban Heads to Governor

HB 4929 passed the Senate Reforms and Restructuring Committee on Wednesday morning. Later that day, it passed the full Senate and was concurred in by the House the same afternoon. It has been presented to the Governor for signature and it’s assumed he will sign the legislation.