This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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A debate about reforming municipal employee retirement benefits sucked all the oxygen out of the room this past week and committee hearings on a number of education bills that were slated for Thursday were cancelled due to late session nights in both the House and Senate on Wednesday. The House Education Committee was originally slated to take up legislation that would have made the WorkKeys component of the Michigan Merit Exam optional, but that bill is now likely on hold until after the new year. The same goes for a pair of new bills in the ongoing string of CTE-related legislation being being rolled out by various legislators…these two bills would add new requirements to the education development plan (EDP) process and require several new elements be incorporated into district and building school improvement plans (SIPs). The Senate Education Committee, which meets on Tuesday, did manage to take up a bill that would clean up the recently passed law on emergency seclusion and restraint by clarifying that school resource officers who are also sworn law enforcement officers are not subject to the restrictions of the new law. As the legislature now heads into their last week of session before Christmas break, expect continued debate on a five-bill package of legislation in the House that is nominally CTE-focused, but which has much broader implications for Principals.