We came. We saw. We passed out more Tylenol to advisers than Band-Aids to students. But it was absolutely the event of the year. The theme of this year's Student State Conference was Leadership Avalanche – fitting for the 1,500 student leaders and advisers from over 80 schools that were in attendance. Not many words give justice to the culmination of more than a thousand student leaders from across the state gathering together to share ideas, programs and their desire for improving the lives of others, but a few words do come to mind.
The budget released by both the Senate and House K-12 Appropriations subcommittees included some changes to the current law that governs the new online learning requirements (a.k.a. section 21f). Click here to see Senate budget language in it’s entirety (section 21f starts on page 69, line 25) and click here for the House language (21f starts on page 69, line 24).
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The topics for the month of April will be:
The House and Senate are officially on spring break until at least April 17. Both the House and Senate K-12 budget subcommittees successfully reported out their budget recommendations before leaving town. The Senate had its done last week and the House reported its version on Tuesday, putting out a proposal that closely resembles the Governor's budget recommendation, though with some key differences.
This week the House K-12 budget subcommittee unveiled its proposal for the 2014-15 School Aid budget. With key differences, the House budget closely resembles Governor Snyder's executive budget recommendation released back in February and would mean a base foundation allowance increase for schools between $56 and $112 per pupil over current year funding levels.