This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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On Wednesday, the Senate passed Senate Bills 584-586, which will allow individuals who obtain a special endorsement with his or her concealed pistol license to carry concealed weapons within schools, day care centers, bars, arenas, churches and libraries. The bills passed on a 25-12 vote with a single Republican—Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy)—crossing over to join the Democrats in opposition. On Thursday, the House Education Reform Committee heard another presentation on Tuesday on letter-grade-based school accountability systems from the Foundation for Excellence in Education (the Florida based education reform think tank founded by former Governor Jeb Bush). The Senate Education Committee then heard a presentation from the exact same speaker, but on a different topic: ways states can use Title I dollars to increase school choice options for students in low-performing schools. But the major story that dominated political circles on Thursday was the news that House Education Reform Committee chair Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw Twp.)—who had been nominated by the Trump administration for Deputy Secretary of Education and who was scheduled for a confirmation hearing on November 15—had his nomination withdrawn…purportedly because of controversial statements made in a personal blog.