Snyder to weigh cyber school teaching hour changes

BY: - December 21, 2018

During an all-night Lame Duck session, the Michigan House sent Gov. Rick Snyder a bill that Democrats worry could allow cyber schools to count kids among their tutelage they’re not actually educating. House Bill 5907, sponsored by state Rep. Ben Frederick (R-Owosso), passed the House 58-45 early Friday morning along party lines just before adjournment. […]

Updated: MSU stonewalled state probe into Nassar abuse, AG report says

BY: - December 21, 2018

Updated, 3:40 p.m. Dec. 21 What Michigan State University employees may have known about the sexual abuse of hundreds of young girls at the hands of former gymnastics Dr. Larry Nassar may never be fully known, according to a lead state investigator for the state attorney general’s office. Explaining a blistering report accusing the Big […]

Updated: $1.3B budget supplementals shoot to governor

BY: - December 21, 2018

Updated, 8:10 a.m. Dec. 21 In the wee hours of the morning, the Michigan House voted in bipartisan fashion on supplemental budget spending totaling more than $1.3 billion. The Senate gave its final stamp of approval, sending bills to Gov. Rick Snyder. The legislation includes funding for PFAS cleanup, the Soo Locks and school districts […]

Snyder expected to OK tax shift for schools, roads, environmental cleanup

BY: - December 21, 2018

After a day of dealmaking, Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign a budget supplemental that will shift revenue from the School Aid Fund (SAF) to carry out road repairs and environmental cleanups. House Bill 4991, sponsored by state Rep. Ed Canfield (R-Sebewaing), passed the Michigan House early this morning in a close 56-51 vote. […]

Bill naming part of M-10 for Detroit educator awaits Snyder’s pen

BY: - December 21, 2018

A bill that would rename a portion of the John C. Lodge Freeway (M-10) in Detroit after legendary educator Violet T. Lewis overwhelmingly cleared the Michigan House on Thursday. The vote was 101-8 and the bill now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. The Advance reported that Senate Bill 1137, sponsored by state Sen. Ian […]

Snyder signs bill allowing non-certified teachers in classrooms

BY: and - December 21, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder earlier today signed a bill that will allow those with professional career expertise to substitute teach in grades 9-12 without a teaching certificate. “This legislation will help schools fill teacher shortages in programs that offer high-demand career skills so that our students can be prepared for a 21st century economy,” said Snyder, […]

Senate shifts $200M from schools for roads, environmental cleanup

BY: - December 20, 2018

Updated, 7:20 p.m. The Michigan Senate today passed legislation that would divert sales tax dollars that traditionally go to the School Aid Fund (SAF) to fix roads and do environmental cleanups. The House is expected to take action on what is supposed to be the last day of legislative action in Lansing. After the vote, […]

A-F education bill makes the grade in Senate

BY: - December 19, 2018

Updated, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 19 The GOP-led Michigan Senate this evening in a 21-17 vote passed House Bill 5526, a measure that would require state government to give each public school A-F letter grades in areas related to student performance. The vote on the bill, sponsored by state Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw Twp.), came after […]

Detroit schools’ chief: GOP lawmakers treat us like ‘3rd class citizens’

BY: - December 18, 2018

Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) general superintendent, says that the GOP plan to create a statewide school grading system has had no input from administrators and teachers. For Detroit educators, Vitti said, it’s an all-too familiar story.   “All stakeholders, even in suburban and rural districts, now know what it is […]

Some Lame Duck bills now likely dead after missing key deadline

BY: - December 17, 2018

The Michigan Legislature is on track to make the 2018 Lame Duck period the busiest in the body’s history, taking up legislation on issues ranging from changes to the new redistricting commission called for in Proposal 2 to deer sterilization permits. But several bills introduced in the Michigan House and Senate are now considered dead. […]

While you were sleeping: GOP-led House narrowly passes watered-down A-F school grading bill

BY: - December 13, 2018

After scrambling for votes all day, Republicans won a new A-F letter grade bill for public schools, but jettisoned a new education oversight commission that would have weakened Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer’s power. The GOP-led House approved House Bill 5526, sponsored by Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw Twp.), on a mostly party-line 56-53 vote just after 3 […]

Education unions rally at Capitol, Michigan House stays in session past midnight

BY: - December 13, 2018

As the Michigan Legislature considered a slew of Republican-sponsored education and labor bills, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Michigan and the Michigan Education Association rallied on the grounds of the state Capitol Wednesday evening and later lobbied lawmakers inside the building. “It’s a partisan power grab that tells Michigan voters, ‘We don’t care what […]