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Governor Signs Bill on Teacher Fees

A bill boosting fees for teacher certificates and permits to pay for a new database on certified teachers was signed Monday by Governor Jennifer Granholm.

The additional $35 for certificates and $20 for a substitute teacher permit under HB 4591 (PA 144) would raise an estimated $1.7 million a year for the Department of Education to maintain the database. The increase brings the total fee to $160 and the fee for permits to $45.

The database would keep track of each teacher's professional development activities and the current status of his or her certificates.

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Veteran Diploma, World War II veterans and the Korean conflict.

This morning a principal was approached by a community member and asked if it was true her father, who served in WWII, qualified for a high school diploma. The principal called MASSP and said, this does sound familiar but what does the law say?

Here it is.

An act to authorize the board of a school district to award high school diplomas to World War II veterans and Korean conflict veterans under certain circumstances; and to prescribe duties and responsibilities of certain state officers and officials

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Using a national assessment to compare students in the United States to their international counterparts, Michigan students ranked 10th in mathematics and ninth in science, said a report released Wednesday. But the report showed none of the states could approach the performance of the top nations.

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Meeting with Senate Staff Regarding Compulsory

On Tuesday, November 13th, I was asked to join Dave Michelson, MEA in a meeting with the legislative staff of Senator Brater. She has had for a number of years a bill that would raise the compulsory school age to eighteen, and wants to take a run at it again. Senate Bill 11 is her version. There is a House bill that is scheduled for a hearing in December.

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Nearly half of the Democratic lawmakers in the House have signed on as sponsors to legislation augmenting the health care pooling reforms put in place for public school employees during the budget battle earlier this fall and the chair of the Education Committee said he plans on taking up HB 5454 .

The legislation would essentially make schools with 250 or more employees, and not 100 as in current statute, open up their health care coverage for competitive bidding.