This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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The Michigan Legislature returned from their summer recess this week and, though they were only in town for a couple of days, the House Education Reform Committee held a hearing on Thursday morning on a variety of bills. For Principals, the biggest issue discussed was HB 5707, which would lower the percentage of a teacher's evaluation that has to be based on student growth from 40% back down to 25%. The bill just had testimony today, but there is a chance that it could move later this fall or during lame duck, so be prepared for how your district will react for a mid-year shift in the growth percentage and stay tuned…MASSP will keep you informed as this issue develops. Also on the committee agenda was a pair of bills (HB 6314-15) that would create a new "innovative schools" designation that could give some districts greater flexibility around school calendar, accountability, and assessment; but only if they agree to adopt a competency-based education model, get state approval for their system, and comply wth some other requirements. After this week, the House is not expected to return to session until late September at the earliest and—given the number of competitive elections on the ballot this year—it is unlikely that there will be much if any substantive policy change in Lansing until after the election.