Michigan Legislature

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.
The legislation would reduce the current one-year wait time and eliminate financial penalties for earning too much.
Advocates: There is a waiting list of 150 school districts that need funding to create school-based health centers
Hundreds of millions of dollars in state funding are at stake, including an estimated $40 million per year for schools.
The legislation would require teachers to publicly post lesson plans and other materials online by the first day of the school year.
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