This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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State Superintendent Brian Whiston passed away Monday after a battle with cancer, a loss that MASSP and many others in the education community are mourning and one that could have significant implications in terms of state education policy, as the ink is still wet on many of the reforms implemented under his leadership. The House Law and Justice Committee continued it's two-meeting-per-week schedule on Tuesday and Wednesday, taking up the Senate's version of legislation introduced in response to the Nassar sexual abuse case. Both the Senate and House bill packages have implications for K-12 education, though their impact would be different (see MASSP's article for a breakdown of what the proposed bills could mean for Principals). The Senate Education Committee also met on Wednesday and took up a pair of bills (both of which have already passed the House): HB 4614 would clear the way for indefinite renewals of the Standard Teaching Certificate (previously called Provisional Teaching Certificate) and HB 5379 would specifically allow students to possess and apply sunscreen and similar substances (which are technically considered medication under current law) as long as they have written parent approval. Finally, the Senate Economic Development Committee reported out a pair of bills (HB 4106 and HB 5676) that seek to make it easier for high school students to earn credit for work-based learning experiences and should also simplify the process for high schools that have to oversee those experiences.