Michigan Legislature

The proposal would provide increased funding for at-risk students and fund free school meals for all public-school students.
The school aid budgets from both chambers would invest more heavily in helping students get back on track academically and mentally.
Critics say it duplicates ratings that are already required under federal law.
Some Democratic backers of the repeal say the provision in the 2016 literacy law has been a threat hanging over the heads of struggling students.
It’s Whitmer’s fifth state budget but the first she presented to a Legislature controlled by her own party.
Plan to be released on Wednesday will stress tutoring, literacy, and preschool.
Labor leaders say they want to be prepared if Supreme Court changes its mind about dues requirements for public employees.
Tutoring and preschool, not holding kids back, will help address Michigan’s literacy struggles, state superintendent tells lawmakers.
Dayna Polehanki, Matt Koleszar, Darrin Camilleri, and Regina Weiss will lead legislative panels that control education policy and education funding
Democrats, who will soon control the legislature, could revise or repeal the Read by Grade 3 law
Expect no flurry of education bills as the GOP majority’s time runs out
More than 75% of Michigan students headed to in-state colleges and universities will be eligible
The 2022-23 school year officially begins Tuesday across the state
Students will learn the history of federally run Indian boarding schools that once tried to erase Indigenous culture
Supporters say the program would empower parents, but critics say the scholarships could undermine traditional public schools
Educators say TRAILS program will help students recover from pandemic-related disruptions.
Lawmakers also consider subsidizing tuition for education majors who agree to stay in Michigan
The legislation is one part of a strategy to alleviate a growing teacher shortage in many districts
The legislation is expected to pass out of the Republican-controlled legislature, but faces likely opposition from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Critics worry about technical education crowding out cultural studies
The measure would require districts receiving state aid to prohibit boys from competing on girls’ sports teams.
Lawmakers propose waivers on third-grade reading law, teacher evaluation formula
Results of Michigan tests can influence college admissions, teacher evaluations, and whether third graders are promoted.
Michigan House lawmakers want schools to have health centers, lockdown kits, updated active-shooter drills, and more.
Supporters say the essay doesn’t measure students’ abilities and that including scores on transcripts could negatively affect admissions considerations at test-optional colleges.
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