This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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The budget is a wrap; a MPSERS bill is wending its way to Governor Snyder’s desk; and the state legislature has gone home for the summer. It would be a stretch to say that the final week of legislative session was drama-free, but compared to the frantic pace of the previous week and the contentious atmosphere that came with a MPSERS overhaul, this past week was practically mellow. In an unexpected but pleasant twist, the final budget agreement released on Tuesday includes a $25 per pupil funding increase for every high school student in the state…a long overdue recognition of the fact that high schoolers are more expensive to educate. Additionally, the final K-12 budget agreement include a good-sized foundation increase, a big expansion of At Risk funding, and a preview of assessment changes expected in 2018-19 for grades 3-8. Other than MPSERS, the legislature heads home for the summer with a number of issues still unresolved, setting the stage for a fall 2017 debate on things like substitute teacher shortage and school calendar.