This Week in State Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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There was a flurry of activity this week as lawmakers scrambled to tie-up loose ends before leaving for their two-week spring recess. Both the House and Senate Subcommittees reported their budget recommendations. The House recommendation eliminated performance funding and put money aside to fund the transition to the Smarter Balanced assessment. The Senate recommendation scrapped several categoricals, including the Governor’s proposed “best practices” grants, to fund a foundation grant increase and development of a new, statewide, computer-adaptive growth test to replace the MEAP. Meanwhile, the House Education Committee continued the debate on kindergarten start date while a Senate Subcommittee held an uneventful first hearing on the proposed MPSERS reform.