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News From the Capitol, Nov 17, 2023
November 17, 2023 by MASB Government Relations
  • Supplemental Budget with Debt Relief for Certain Districts Heads to Governor
  • Register Today for Views From the Capitol – 2023 Wrap-Up Edition 
  • Legislature Adjourns Sine Die
  • Registration Open for NSBA’s Advocacy Institute 


Supplemental Budget with Debt Relief for Certain Districts Heads to Governor

Before the adjournment for the year, the House and Senate approved two supplemental budget bills which included a few school-related items. 

Senate Bill 174 mostly cleaned up budget language from when it was passed in June.  It also added intermediate school districts to the pupil transportation funding categorical.

House Bill 4292 included $$114.1M in School Aid Fund dollars for emergency loan debt relief for six school districts: Pontiac City School District, Benton Harbor Area Schools, Ypsilanti Community Schools, Muskegon Heights School District, Inkster Public Schools, and the former Willow Run Community Schools. This will allow them to pay off their outstanding loan balances and allow the millage revenues to be redirected to the classroom. The language also requires those districts to develop specific strategic plans, offer school board training programs, and implement policies to increase graduation and attendance rates.

Both bills are headed to the Governor for her expected approval.

Register Today for Views From the Capitol – 2023 Wrap-Up Edition 

Join your MASB Government Relations Team on Nov. 27 for our Views From the Capitol webinar. We’ll do a recap of the past year, talk about what the 54-54 House split may mean, and what issues we will be watching in the new year. We’ll also take your questions.

 The webinar will be held on Monday, Nov. 27, 2023, at noon. Register online today!

Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

As we reported last week, Tuesday was Sine Die, the last official day of the legislative session for 2023. This means no further work can be done this year and starts the 90-day clock on when bills that were not given immediate effect will become law.

The Legislature will officially return on January 10. With the Legislature adjourned, News From the Capitol will not be published each week. But as always, please contact us if you have any questions.

Registration Open for NSBA’s Advocacy Institute 

The National School Boards Association’s annual Advocacy Institute will take place Jan. 28 – 30, 2023, in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Marquis. NSBA will also be holding its Equity Symposium at the same location the day before, on Jan. 27. Registration for this one-day event is separate from Advocacy Institute. 

The Advocacy Institute will help participants develop a keen understanding of why effective advocacy is important and help raise the voices of school board members to Congress. Speakers include Kymyona Burk, Ed.D., Senior Policy Fellow at the Foundation for Excellence in Education and autism advocate Dr. Temple Grandin, Distinguished Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.In the past, Michigan has had one of the largest delegations in the country attending this event and we’d love to have more members join us in D.C.!

Register today through the NSBA website and take your voice to Washington.

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