Legislative Update – 3/23/2018

Senate Budget Reported from Committee

The Senate Budget was reported form sub appropriations committee this week. The House decided to wait until after the spring break to report their budget. The analysis for the Senate budget is attached. Some of the highlights of the budget include:

 

Foundation Allowance: Increased via the 2x formula from $115 for basic funded districts to $230 for minimum funded districts.

 

Early On: Included the recommended $5m we saw in the Executive Rec. Revised boilerplate away from a competitive pilot. Funds will be distributed via current formula.

 

Early Literacy Funding: Increases funding for literacy coaches by $1m over current year and executive recommendation.

 

CTE: Repurposed $5m Executive recommended for incentive payments and equipment to district to fund CEPDS with no CTE millage. 50% must be spent on equipment.

 

Reduction to Shared Time: Senate rejected most of the changes the Executive made for shared time, but eliminated kindergarten from eligibility for shared time agreements

 

Special Education- Maintained the Executive recommendation for $500,000 for parental support and mediation. This is based on the work of the Special Education Task Force.

 

Assessments: Increased funding by $ 1m over current year for Michigan Kindergarten Entry Observation and amended boilerplate to match current year. Added $5m to pay for statewide benchmark assessments.

 

Transportation: Increased funding by $1m and broadened eligibility to districts with 7.7 or fewer pupils per square mile.

 

Special Education Millage Equalization: Increases funding for Sec. 56 by $4.5m.

 

Partnership Agreements: Amends the discretionary payments to partnership districts to include a list of additional criteria that, among other changes, amends the next level of accountability to closure or reconstitution.

 

Teacher Preparedness Bills Reported

The House Education Committee reported a package of bills focusing on preparing teachers for the classroom. As we reported in previous weeks, the large package of bills includes new requirements for higher education institutions as well as increased involvement from mentor teachers when new teachers are placed in the classroom.

Several of the bills were changed before being reported from committee. The most notable change was an increase from 90 hours to 400 hours of cumulative K-12 classroom experience or practicum experience.

Below is a summary of the legislation:

HB 5598: Requires all full-time faculty members teaching in a teacher preparation program to complete at least 30 hours of continuing education per school year. The continuing education must be specific to the subject area or areas in which the faculty member teaches and meet the requirement for approved professional development activities for teachers in grades K-12, as determined by the Michigan Department of Education.

HB 5599: The bill would require teacher preparation programs to offer warranty education programs to receive approval for the program from the State Superintendent. The program would be offered to an individual:

  • Who completed a teacher preparation program at a Michigan teacher preparation institution;
  • Who is employed to teach grades K-12 in a school operated by a school district, ISD, PSA, or nonpublic school; and
  • Whose skills to teach students effectively were found to be lacking by the district’s, ISD’s, PSA’s, or nonpublic school’s governing body within two years of graduation from a teacher preparation program, based on at least both of the following:
      • A local evaluation tool.
      • A development plan that identifies specific areas of instructional development that are most effectively addressed by further teacher preparation instruction, as determined by the governing body of the district, ISD, PSA, or nonpublic school.

HB 5600: The bill would require teacher preparation institutions to provide a $1000 stipend to teachers who supervise new teachers at the end of their student teaching practicums.

HB 5601: MDE could not approve a teacher preparation institution unless the institution required at least 400 hours of cumulative K-12 classroom experience or practicum experience, or both, of students in its program.

HB 5602: The bill would require MDE to develop and implement a master teacher corps program that does all of the following:

  • Allows a master teacher to provide professional development to other teachers.
  • Requires MDE to collaborate with master teachers regarding new pilot programs.
  • Creates a master teacher roundtable to discuss education issues that includes master teachers, policy makers, legislators, and business leaders.
  • Provides business cards or other identification, identifying the master teacher as a member of an elite corps of instructors in Michigan.
  • Provides master teachers a yearly stipend of between $5,000 and $10,000.
  • Examines the use of master teachers to support low-performing schools, including schools subject to a partnership agreement.

HB 5603: The bill would amend the reading coursework requirements for teacher certification. Currently, elementary-level teacher candidates must complete six hours. The bill would provide that the State Superintendent could only grant a provisional teaching certificate to an individual who has earned at least 12 credits in the teaching of reading for early elementary and at least 9 credits for later elementary, including instruction on specified topics. The bill would retain the three-credit requirement for the secondary-level certificate.

Additionally, the bill would require that the elementary certification examination approved by the State Superintendent include an assessment of pedagogical skills, including an assessment of the applicant’s ability to effectively deliver instruction. It would also require that the reading subject area examination assess whether the applicant has sufficient knowledge of the topics covered in the proposed credits of reading instruction under the bill.

HB 5604: Under the bill, the State Superintendent could not approve a teacher preparation institution unless it offered a student teaching program to its students that included at least all of the following:

  1. Student teaching experiences in at least two of the following:
    • In a rural setting.
    • In an urban setting.
    • Including instruction on social and emotional learning practices.
    • With students who are English language learners.
    • In schools with a high population of students living in poverty.

 

  • With students with a disability.

 

  1. Prohibition on a student teacher engaging in student teaching in the school he or she attended.
  2. An introduction to the evaluation tool used by the student teacher’s school district, ISD, or PSA.
  3. The use of data and statistics to inform instruction and to aggregate local and state assessment data.
  4. Development of classroom management skills.

 

HB 5605: The bill would provide that the State Superintendent could not approve a teacher preparation institution unless its teacher preparation program embedded at least all of the following in coursework:

  • The use of data and statistics to inform instruction and to aggregate local and state assessment data. Development of classroom management skills.
  • Teaching students from rural and urban areas; English language learners; students with a disability; and students from a high poverty area.
  • Instruction on social and emotional learning practices.