This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)
A rather tame lame duck session wrapped on Thursday evening after two late nights, including one that went into the wee hours of Thursday morning. The legislature passed a flurry of bills, as is typical for lame duck, but the final picture looks pretty good for the school community. Two different proposals that would have cost the School Aid Fund hundreds of millions of dollars—MPSERS reform and an income tax shift—both died, though are likely to resurface next year. A number of other education bills (zero tolerance, seclusion/restraint, citizenship test, and CPR/AED training) did make it across the finish line, but only after the concerns raised by MASSP and the rest of the education community were addressed.