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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.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

There was no MPSERS deal this week, but the House and Senate education policy committees made up for that by holding a combined three Committee hearings on six different topics impacting K-12 schools.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

With final passage by the Senate expected Tuesday and no vetoes from Governor Snyder likely, this year’s School Aid budget is all but wrapped up. Though this gives schools some idea of what to expect for the coming year, with the MPSERS bill still sitting on the House floor, questions still linger about what next year will look like for schools.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

After the Senate spent just under two months discussing and debating the MPSERS reform bill, the House jammed through their heavily amended version of SB 1040 in less than a week. If the pace wasn't enough to make your head spin, the House version took a complete right turn from the Senate bill, dumping the defined contribution provision in favor pre-funding retiree health care for current employees.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

After a roller coaster session on Thursday, in which the MPSERS reform bill was heavily amended from its committee passed version, the Senate narrowly managed to move SB 1040 over to the House. The House is already slated to take the bill up first thing next week.