This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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The House Committee on Workforce and Talent Development met first thing Tuesday to take testimony from State Superintendent Brian Whiston and Director of the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development Roger Curtis on the recommendations of the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance. This is the second legislative hearing on these recommendations in as many weeks and was also the subject of a meeting with the Governor's staff that MASSP attended on Tuesday afternoon…a clear indication that legislative action is imminent, though the exact details remain unclear. The Senate and House Education Committees both met this week and each passed a pair of relatively uncontroversial bills, though the Senate took the extra step of holding testimony on a third, very controversial one. Of the bills that passed either committee, the one that will be of greatest interest to Principals is HB 4181, which would require secondary-level counselors to focus a certain number of hours of their ongoing professional development toward career and college counseling…strangely, this idea failed to make the list of Alliance recommendations, despite its clear focus on enhancing career development. The controversial bill taken up for testimony in the Senate (and expected to receive a vote as soon as next week) would require that any county enhancement millages passed in the future be apportioned among all public school students (traditional and charter) where most current enhancement millages only go to traditional public schools.