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House passes bill requiring schools to hold three lockdown drills per year, post records online

The state House passed legislation Wednesday that would require K-12 schools to hold three lockdown drills per school year, as well as post verification on their websites that they’ve completed each drill.

Workgroup aims to transform teacher evaluation recommendations into legislation

A bi-partisan workgroup of legislators, education advocates and others is working to take the Michigan Council on Education Effectiveness’ recommendations for creating a new statewide teacher evaluation system and transform them into legislation.

MEA President Steve Cook highlights perils of cyber schools in Detroit News column

The proliferation of corporate cyber schools is having a detrimental effect on Michigan students, and it’s time for taxpayers to take a stand and demand that policymakers stop diverting public dollars to for-profit virtual schools, MEA President Steve Cook wrote in a column published Wednesday in the Detroit News.

State Senate votes to lift Common Core ban

The state Senate voted Thursday to lift Michigan’s ban on the Common Core State Standards and allow the Michigan Department of Education to move forward in implementing them.

Senate committee passes cyber bullying bill

A bill that would require school districts to adopt policies to combat cyber bullying was recently approved by a state Senate committee and could soon make its way before the full Senate.

Common Core resolution introduced in state Senate

After numerous delays, Common Core could soon be implemented in Michigan.

State Sen. Howard Walker, R-Traverse City, introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 on Thursday, which would authorize the state Department of Education to finally move forward with implementing the Common Core State Standards.

Bill would require all school employees to report child abuse to authorities

Education support professionals, coaches and anyone else employed by a school would be required to report suspected child abuse under a bill being considered by the Michigan House of Representatives.

State Senate passes fixes to law that caps districts’ contributions toward employees’ health care premiums

The state Senate unanimously passed a package of bills Tuesday that would fix a number of problems with a state law that limits the amount that school districts can pay toward their employees’ health care premiums.

MEA backs legislation requiring schools to carry life-saving ‘EpiPens’

MEA supports legislation introduced in the state House that would require all Michigan schools to have epinephrine devices, also known as “EpiPens,” on hand to provide emergency treatment to students with allergies.

State legislators considering numerous cuts to school revenues

Numerous niche tax breaks doled out by the state are eroding Michigan’s School Aid Fund, resulting in fewer resources for local schools, and education advocates are united in opposing these tax giveaways.

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