This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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The House Law and Justice Committee took a second week of testimony on legislation introduced in response to the Nassar sexual abuse case which includes a handful of bills that would directly impact K-12 education: strengthening mandatory reporter requirements, expanding the scope of the State's OK2SAY hotline and embedding sexual assault and harassment education into the state's sex education laws. The committee has been holding two hearings per week in order to accommodate all of the testimony and is expected to report the legislation this coming week…MASSP has been working with bill sponsors and committee members to address outstanding issues with the legislation and we expect to have our concerns addressed prior to the committee voting out the bills. On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee began hearing testimony on a package of bills introduced last week to enact the school safety proposal that Governor Snyder and House members released last week…a package of legislation that is woefully short of the funding schools need, does not include mental health professionals or provide dollars for additional school resource officers, would issue safety grades to schools and would impose new mandates on school construction. On Wednesday, the K-12 budget continued its deliberate (if plodding) march toward conference committee, which puts the Legislature on pace to complete the budget by the first week of June, per usual. Finally, on Thursday the Court of Claims ruled that the state may not distribute $2.5 million of public funds to private schools, saying that doing so would beĀ unconstitutional…setting the stage for the state to appeal the decision to the Court of Appeals if they choose to pursue the case.