This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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On Monday, Governor Snyder released his version of new school safety legislation which includes $20 million for school security upgrades (compared to the $100 million proposal put forward by law enforcement and school groups which also included funding for personnel) and a new state oversight body (called the Safe Schools Commission) whose duties would include annually reviewing school's safety plans and issuing safety grades to schools based on site inspections. On Tuesday the House Law and Justice Committee held the first of what is expected to be three consecutive weeks of debate on a package of bills introduced in response to the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case, but which include half a dozen bills that would impact K-12 education. These bills are separate (and very different from) from a Senate bill package that passed that chamber prior to the legislative spring break and the expected result is that an amalgam of both sets of bills will be passed into law with the details to be negotiated in the coming months before the legislative summer recess. Also on Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee reported a bill (HB 4422) to extend the sunset on Michigan's Critical Shortage List law (set to expire this summer), but which does not include many of the provisions that MASSP and others supported in the House passed version, such as allowing recently retired teachers to return to the classroom as subs without incurring additional MPSERS costs for the district. The House version School Aid Budget took another step forward in the process on Wednesday¬†afternoon when it was amended slightly then reported from the House Appropriations Committee to the House floor…bottom line: it remains largely unchanged from the version passed by the K-12 Subcommittee which MASSP summarized in our earlier article.