This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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During what was otherwise a pretty slow week for education policy, the House Education Reform Committee met Thursday to take up a pair of bills. The committee reported out HB 4735—introduced by Rep. Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis)—which would allow students to dual enroll across state lines if their district is within 20 miles of Michigan’s border with another state. The committee also took testimony but did not vote on HB 4805 which would exempt shared time students who take more than two online courses through their local school district from having to complete an EDP (something that state law currently requires of any student who takes more than two online courses, but which creates additional paperwork for shared time students who would not otherwise have to develop an EDP). A school budget supplemental which would make some final adjustments to the upcoming 2017-18 School Aid Fund budget before the state fiscal year starts on October 1 moved through the Senate and over to the House. As the bill has moved through the process, more and more issues (including a dust up around At Risk dollars) have found their way into what was supposed to be a simple clean-up bill…though the bottom line for most districts remains the same: those things that need to get fixed seem likely to be fixed and any changes will have little to no impact.