Legislative Update

Topics in this Update:
– House Hears Testimony on Enhancement Millage Legislation
– Elimination of State Board of Education Reported from Committee
– Labor Day Bill Considered in House
– Hearing Begin on New CTE Package of Bills

House Hears Testimony on Enhancement Millage Legislation
The legislation to allow enhancement millage revenue to flow to public school academies was considered in House committee this week. The committee adopted a substitute that made several changes. It clarified that the legislation would not be retroactive, revised language to restrict multi-site charters from moving money to schools outside of the district, required the charter school to be up and running and the most recent pupil count before the measure was placed on the ballot, and extends the enhancement millage revenue to students in center based programs counted at the Intermediate School District.

The legislation will be considered again next week. We expect that the committee will try and report the bill and pass the legislation before Thanksgiving break.

Elimination of State Board of Education Reported from Committee
 
The resolution to eliminate the State Board of Education and allow the State Superintendent to be appointed by the Governor was reported from House committee this week. The measure would take a 2/3rds majority vote in each chamber plus the approval of voters during a statewide election.

Labor Day Bill Considered in House
 
A bill allowing schools to start the year before Labor Day but only allow classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday was heard in House Education Reform Committee. The legislation is identical to a bill that is currently being considered on the Senate floor. Sponsors of both bills see the current language as a compromise with the tourism industry by allowing long weekends in August , but giving schools the flexibility to determine when they start school. We expect the legislation to be considered again next week.

Hearings Begin on New CTE Package of Bills
 
This week the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee began hearings on a package of bills to address issues with career and technical education in Michigan. The legislation would:
-Require MDE to develop or adopt a career development model of instruction
-Allow trade schools and skilled trades employers expanded recruitment access.
-Allow non-certified, non-endorsed individuals to teach career and technical education programs as long as they meet other requirements.
-Require promulgation of rules to allow time spent engaging with local employers and technical centers to count toward continuing education or professional development.

The committee has already posted for next week to consider the bills again. We expect a robust discussion on the legislation to occur over the next few committee meetings.
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Summit on Chronic Absenteeism
 

The Michigan Department of Education is partnering with the Office of Foundation Liaison to hold a day-long summit Attendance Matters, where we will explore ways to reduce chronic absenteeism in all Michigan schools. Partners from all corner of the state- foundations. schools districts, elected officials, state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and practitioners – will gather to learn more about the landscape in Michigan and explore effective cross-sector strategies.
Revised K-12 Physical Education Standards
 
On September 12, 2017, the State Board of Education approved and revised Michigan K-12 Physical Education (PE) standards. The new standards may be found online at www.michigan.gov/physed.

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