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House, Senate Both Pass MPSERS Bills

UPDATE (20 June 2017): The House voted today to concur with SB 401, the version of MPSERS legislation that passed the Senate last week. The bill was passed without any changes, meaning this was the final vote needed to send the MPSERS agreement to Governor Snyder's desk for his signature. For a summary of the changes, see MASSP's earlier article.

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MPSERS Bills Headed for a Vote

Earlier today, the House and Senate Education Committees both reported out identical versions of the proposed MPSERS bills (HB 4647 and SB 401) that were originally announced yesterday. Both chambers have scheduled a floor vote on these bills for tomorrow (Thursday, June 15). It is unclear whether either chamber has the votes necessary to move these bills forward.

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Governor, Legislative Leadership Reach Deal-In-Concept on MPSERS

Earlier this afternoon, Governor Snyder and legislative leadership announced that they had reached a conceptual agreement on a plan to reform the state's MPSERS system. The House and Senate Education Committees have both posted meetings for first thing tomorrow morning to discuss this legislation, but it is unclear whether either body plans to vote.

The proposed deal would leave schools and school employees shouldering a larger burden for a smaller, less attractive retirement benefit. As this debate moves forward, MASSP will be watching closely to make sure that any changes do not result in increased costs for districts or a retirement benefit that is so poor that it will make it even more difficult to recruit new educators.

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Day of Action on Title II Funding (6/14)

Please join MASSP and participate in a coordinated national Title II Day of Action on Wednesday, June 14 to advocate for the policies that could significantly impact school leaders, principals, teachers, other educators and the students they serve. To join in this effort with us, along with NASSP, NAESP, AFSA, New Leaders, ASCD and Learning Forward, please consider doing the following:

Today: Sign up for the Thunderclap, which will post a message on your Twitter or Facebook account at exactly 10 a.m. on June 14. Also, please share this information with your members or other networks – anyone can participate!

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House, Senate Reach Budget Agreement

The conference committee on the 2017-18 School Aid Fund budget met this afternoon and reported out the agreement reached between the House and Senate. The conference report calls for a $60-$120 per pupil foundation increase using the 2X formula, an increase in At-​Risk funding of $120 million and retention of a $100 million offset for MPSERS costs. The agreement also includes a nearly $500 million set aside to fund a yet-to-be-determined agreement that is rumored to close the state's MPSERS system, though no details are yet available.