This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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It was a week for controversial issues in the House and Senate Education Committees. The Senate Education Committee met briefly on Tuesday to report out SB 574, a controversial bill that 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. The House Education Committee met Thursday to take testimony on HJR M, a joint resolution that would amend the state constitution to eliminate the State Board of Education and make the State Superintendent of Public Instruction a gubernatorial appointee. The hearing was testimony only and constitutional amendments require two-thirds (supermajority) votes of both chambers and approval by the voters, so it is unlikely that the issue will ever make it past the committee process, but stranger things have happened. The elimination of the State Board was a recommendation of Governor Snyder’s 21st Century Education Commission and members of that commission spoke in support of the measure, which they viewed as a way to eliminate the tension that sometimes crops up when the elected State Board is at loggerheads with the Governor (a not uncommon situation that can result in conflicting policies).