This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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After a lengthy review process that included several revisions, the US Department of Education on Tuesday approved Michigan’s plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which includes such provisions as replacing Michigan’s color-coded school report card with a transparency dashboard. The Senate Education Committee reported out legislation (HB 4735) that will allow students in border districts to dual enroll across state lines in certain circumstances—particularly when an out-of-state college or university is significantly closer than the nearest in-state option. On Thursday, the House Education Reform Committee and the house K-12 budget subcommittee held a joint hearing to take testimony from the Superintendent of the the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Dr. Nikolai Vitti. Dr. Vitti spoke about the efforts underway in that district to address teacher shortages and other problems in the wake of legislative action to retire the debt of the former Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and force a restructuring of the district. Finally—at the same time the House Education Committee was hearing testimony on DPSCD—the House Oversight Committee debated a pair of bills (HB 5162-63) that would hamper the ability of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to regulate immunization requirements for public school students, including a prohibition on adjusting rules or adding any new immunization requirements in the future without direct legislative authorization.