This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)
Legislation to close the MPSERS system for new hires and move them into a 401k-style system passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee this past Wednesday by a one-vote margin and has yet to see a floor vote, though that could change quickly with the lame duck clock ticking. A rumor of a proposed deal to shift the way the School Aid Fund receives income tax revenue popped up this week and thus shift some $430 million away from schools to the state's general fund never materialized, but continues to linger. The Senate Education Committee took testimony but no vote on a bill that would force students to pass the civics portion of the US citizenship test in order to graduate; testimony which included strong opposition from MASSP, MASA, and MASB. The House Education Committee saw a presentation from State Superintendent Brian Whiston on the results of the state's recent request for information on a new assessment system and how it will impact Michigan's ESSA plan, which is currently being presented at a series of regional meetings around the state. The legislature remains scheduled to adjourn for the year on December 15 and the clock continues to wind as policy makers scramble to get their top priorities across the finish line before time runs out.