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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Tuesday, the May Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference told the world (or at least the portion of it that was listening) that Michigan's revenues are going to be less than initially anticipated back in January, but exactly how this translates in the final budget picture is as yet unclear.

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Changes to World Language, VPAA Portion of MMC Pass House Committee

On Thursday, the House Workforce & Talent Development Committee reported out HB 5463, which would make changes to the world language and visual, performing and applied arts portions of the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC).

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School Aid, GF Revenue Estimates Down from January

The State Treasurer and directors of the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies met Tuesday to come to consensus on the revenue estimates that will be used to finalize state budgets for next year. Bottom line: the numbers are not looking as good as they were in January, both in terms of the School Aid Fund and the General Fund. However, the picture is not so bleak that schools are likely to see cuts. More likely, just smaller increases.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House Education Committee met Thursday and voted out legislation that would imbed CPR and AED training into Michigan's health education content standards. The panel also took testimony on a package of legislation that would make some changes to Michigan's expulsion and suspension laws including one provision that would prohibit districts from suspending or expelling students for excessive absences or truancy.

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House Panel Talks Expulsion/Suspension Rules

The House Education Committee took testimony this week on a four bill package that would make some tweaks to Michigan's suspension and expulsion laws. In general, the goal of legislators seems to be to reduce the incidence of suspensions and expulsions and encourage the use of alternative interventions, particularly restorative justice initiatives.

In brief, the bills would: