This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)
The public comment period on MDE's proposed Every Student Succeeds Act plan closed this week, but not before MASSP submitted feedback and the State Board of Education adopted a resolution during their meeting this past Tuesday to make a transparency dashboard rather than a letter grade system the default state accountability system if the legislature fails to enact something else. The State Board also made headlines when they adopted a resolution at that same meeting urging the Legislature to allow withholding of state funding from districts with Native American mascots, though the resolution has no impact on districts and legislation on the subject seems unlikely to make it through the legislature. The Senate Education Committee and House Education Reform Committee continued taking testimony this week on the topic of school accountability. The House committee – in addition to hearing testimony from the Great Lakes Education Project, the Mackinac Center, and West Michigan Talent Triangle on different versions of school accountability systems – also reported out HB 4163, a bill introduced by Rep. Daniela Garcia (R-Holland) that would make school calendar and schedule prohibited subjects of bargaining. Finally, the House Committee on Michigan Competitiveness held another hearing (but no vote) this week on legislation that would force the state to abandon its current content standards in favor of the 2008-2009 Massachusetts content standards…a hearing that featured 10 speakers in opposition to the bill and only 4 in favor.