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Legislative Recess: Lansing is slowly returning to business as usual, with the House of Representatives reconvening last week for a day on Thursday, April 17. Both the House and Senate will reconvene on Tuesday, April 22. 

 

House Advances Community College Budget: On Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee took testimony and ultimately voted out House Bill 5314 (Rogers), the omnibus school funding bill which now includes the community colleges budget. HB 5314 mirrors the recommendations that the House Subcommittee on Community Colleges made. Importantly, it does NOT include tuition restraint language. A more detailed overview from the House Fiscal Agency is available here (please see page 13). In addition, the Committee also voted out the omnibus general fund budget, which includes the $50 million capital outlay competitive grant program that Governor Snyder recommended in the Michigan Strategic Fund budget (equipment for skilled trades training). Both omnibus budgets were voted out along party lines. The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to meet several times next week to consider budgets.

 

NEEDED ACTION: Please contact your legislators to thank them for their ongoing support and to encourage their support for these budgets. 

 

MDE Developing Dual Enrollment Proposal: The MCCA was contacted by the Michigan Department of Education, which is soliciting individuals and organizations that might participate on an ad hoc P-14 advisory board. The charge of the group will be to develop proposed legislation that will incent local school districts to increase their dual enrollment numbers. Jenny Schanker and Erin Schor will participate on behalf of the MCCA. 

 

Governor's Education Summit: Scheduled for Thursday, April 24 at the Kellogg Conference Center at Michigan State University. For more information and to register, please click here. On a related note, the Governor's Economic Summit is taking place today and tomorrow at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids.  

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