This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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Nearly 350 Principals and other school administrators joined MASSP and MASA in East Lansing on Tuesday for a one-day conference to cover the new legal requirements that schools have under the Zero Tolerance and Seclusion & Restraint legislation that passed last legislative session. MASSP is working to compile an FAQ and other member resources based on topics from the event. The Senate Education Committee also met Tuesday and voted out a bill that would further limit deed restrictions being placed on school buildings sold to third parties…the stated intent of the bill is to prevent local units of government from using deed restrictions to limit charter schools' access to vacant school buildings. That committee meeting was the only education action this week by either body as legislation session and committee meeting in both chambers were suspended due to sudden and unexpected the death of 47-year old State Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette) on Tuesday afternoon at his residence in Lansing. However, the persistent rumor around the Capitol right now is that the legislature plans to take up legislation (possibly as soon as next week) to close the MPSERS pension system and transition to a defined contribution retirement…though the most reliable information indicates that the changes being discussed would only affect future employees hired for the first time after the change was made.