This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)
For members who did not join us but want a rundown on the latest political happenings in Lansing, MASSP Government Relations Department hosted a Legislative Update webinar earlier this morning, which you can watch a recording of by clicking here or the slides here. The Senate Education Committee held their first hearing of the year this past Tuesday to discuss SB 27, a bill that would repeal the Michigan law that requires the identification of the lowest achieving 5% of public schools and allows for them to be put under the supervision of the State School Reform/Redesign Office (SRO). The committee members discussed the logistics of replacing the current law and heard testimony critical of the SRO from a panel that included ISD and local superintendents with schools on the list for potential closure. The Michigan Department of Education put out a memo this week with more information for schools on implementing the new CPR/AED training requirements passed during the 2016 lame duck session. Finally, the US Senate is expected to vote on Monday on confirming President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos…a vote which is expected to be close, but to ultimately lead to her confirmation.