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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The legislature has adjourned for the summer, but not before it took steps on both Common Core and dissolving deficit school districts. Last Thursday the House named a subcommittee to study and make recommendations on Michigan's continued participation in the Common Core State Standards.

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MASSP Introduces Engage

If you attended EdCon13 this past week, you heard me talk about Engage, MASSP's new tool for principals and other supporters to increase their voice in the legislative process. Engage is a web-based tool that will make it fast and simple for MASSP members to communicate with their lawmakers and find information on key issues and legislation.

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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.