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The Michigan Merit Curriculum is back in the spotlight as two bills—developed as a collaboration between the various sponsors of other MMC reform bills in an attempt to unify proponents of changes to the state's curriculum—were introduced on Thursday. Though the meeting did not focus on this legislation, the Senate Education Committee heard testimony Wednesday on the MMC.

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The Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness released its interim report this past week. Only a day later, the House Education Committee heard testimony on the history of the tenure reform bill that, among other things, created the Council from former House Education Committee Chair turned lobbyist Tim Melton.

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Graduation rates were announced this week, showing a significant increase and giving Michigan educators some positive press and a reason to be proud. The House Education Committee scheduled a meeting to hear from various advocacy groups about their legislative priorities for the coming year.

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It has been a slow start to the legislative session so far this year as the new freshmen legislators are still trying to settle in and committees still trying to decide on an agenda for the upcoming session.

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The 2013-14 legislative session is getting off to a gradual start, but leadership in the House announced committee assignments this week and lawmakers started introducing their first bills of the year. The House Education Committee will still be chaired by Rep. Lisa Posthumous Lyons (R-Alto), despite her bid to get another assignment, but 10 of the 17 committee members are new this year.