This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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The Senate Education Committee took testimony (though, unfortunately, did not vote) Tuesday on a pair of bills (HB 4421-22)that would begin to address Michigan’s substitute teacher shortage by—among other things—allowing recent retirees to substitute teach without districts having to pay a the hefty MPSERS fee they are currently charged…the timeline on this bill is unclear. Also on Tuesday, The House Workforce and Talent Development Committee held a second straight week of testimony on a series of recommendations from the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance (MCPA) that came out this past June. Then on Wednesday, several state representatives held a press conference to announce the introduction of a series of five bills that they characterized as enacting those recommendations, but which—in reality—bear only partial resemblance to the ideas championed by the MCPA. The Senate passed controversial legislation (SB 574) this week that would require that countywide school enhancement millages be distributed to charter schools as well as traditional public schools (currently that decision is made at the local level when the enhancement millage is put on the ballot). Finally, HB 5126 passed the House Education Committee; the bill would codify existing MDE guidance and clarify that the limitations placed on school personnel by the state’s new seclusion and restraint law would not apply to school resource officers who are also sworn law enforcement officers (meaning that they would not be bound by conflicting laws when responding to a school-based emergency situation).