On Tuesday, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 decision that the law passed in 2010 requiring Michigan public school employees to contribute three percent of their pay for retiree health care benefits was unconstitutional. The court ordered that school employees be refunded their money with interest. However, since an appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court is possible, this still may not be the final word on the subject.
After months of posturing and addressing individual situations related to student gender identity and gender expression, OCR's policy-defining aggression on the topic reached an apex on May 13, with the issuance of a Dear Colleague Letter on the topic. The Letter, which presents as "guidance" but carries the full weight of the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S.
It has been a great school year for #MASSPchat! We’ve been able to engage Principals and educators from all over Michigan (and across the country!) in high-quality conversations on a wide array of topics. Kudos to all of you who have joined in and built your knowledge, practice and PLN.
We know that this time of year is busy and hectic, and even the most dedicated #MASSPchat regulars struggle to check in - so we are going to start the #MASSPchat summer hiatus now. We'll see you back again in August on Mondays from 8-9 p.m.
The Detroit Chamber hosted their annual Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island this week, an event that typically results in a short session week as many legislators leave town to attend the conference…and while the Senate held true to form, the House decided to hold session rather than head to the Island. Both chambers reached agreement on final budgets this week and managed to report them out of their respective conference committees before the Senate left town.
The House, Senate, and Governor’s Office reportedly reached a tentative agreement earlier in the week but it took a lengthy Thursday session before the House mustered enough votes to pass a package of bills that would restructure Detroit Public Schools. Most of the legislation passed by a narrow margin and with exclusively Republican votes. Democrats voted against the legislation in a block and several Republicans crossed over to join them in voting against each of the bills.
Here are some quick highlights of the legislation: