The legislature did not go quietly into that good night as their last week of legislative session before summer recess included two late nights and enough horse-trading to fill a stable.
In a last minute flurry of activity, the legislature wrapped up it's spring session by passing a pair of Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) bills that had been languishing in the Senate without action since June 2013. The bills never went through the Senate committee process and were instead amended haphazardly on the Senate floor in the waning minutes of the last day of legislative session.
As the school year winds down and you begin looking at changes to make over the summer, don't forget that Michigan's new safety drill requirements are now law and go into affect on July 1, 2014. In addition to changes to the number and type of drills required, there are also new reporting requirements that all schools must adhere to.
Under the new law, any school that operates any of grades Kindergarten to 12 must conduct at least:
A compromise K-12 budget gained approval this morning from the joint House and Senate conference committee appointed to work out differences between the two chamber's proposed budgets. The compromise includes funding for educator evaluations, guidance on what Michigan's new student assessment will look like, and small foundation increases for districts ranging from $50-$175 per pupil.
Major highlights of the proposed budget deal include: