This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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The House K-12 budget subcommittee met on Tuesday afternoon and reported out their version of the budget which included a counter-proposal to Governor Snyder Marshall Plan for Talent. This is a departure from the Senate version of the K-12 budget which passed out of subcommittee prior to spring recess, but included no action on the Marshall Plan (opting instead to deal with it in a separate bill at a yet-to-be-determined date). Other than the budget, the week was light on education policy action as the Legislature is just returning to Lansing after a two-week spring recess and seems to be spending its energy preparing for the next big wave of policy debates. Several issues are on the horizon for education yet this spring including two different bill packages (one Senate, one House) introduced in response to the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case, legislation dealing with the recommendations of the Career Pathways Alliance, the Governor's Marshall Plan for Talent, a debate on competing school safety proposals, and perhaps some action on new truancy legislation. Given the upcoming primary and general elections (in August and November respectively), any action on major or controversial legislation will likely come before summer or not until lame duck.