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2020 House Bill 5912: Authorize Remote Public School Instruction Only in 2020-21 (as passed)

Public Act 148 of 2020

Introduced by Rep. Andrea Schroeder (R) on May 24, 2020
To revise and waive many of the rules on the required number of hours and days of public school instruction, including allowances for snow days, rules for conducting classes online, and the amount of state funding provided for both these exceptions to regular schooling, and to days on which fewer than 75 percent of a school’s students are in attendance. Public schools could continue to operate under distance learning plans during the coronavirus epidemic, but with added steps intended to assure students receive instruction and meet academic goals.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Education Committee on May 24, 2020
Reported in the House on July 21, 2020
Refer to the Committee on Ways and Means with the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted.
Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on July 21, 2020
Reported in the House on July 22, 2020
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Thomas Albert (R) on July 22, 2020
To assert that the bill "must not be construed as imposing mandates on nonpublic schools".
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on July 22, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Andrea Schroeder (R) on July 22, 2020
To require schools to try to accommodate requests from a parent or teacher for additional protective barriers, masks, or gloves, and make clear that doing so creates no duty to make the same accommodation for others.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on July 22, 2020
Received in the Senate on July 23, 2020
Referred to the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee on July 23, 2020
Amendment offered by Sen. Stephanie Chang (D) on August 15, 2020
To eliminate a provision requiring that as a condition of getting state money school districts must ensure that their plans for remote instruction only in the 2020-21 school year that "at least 75% of the students who are enrolled get at least one 'two-way interaction' per month between the child and his or her teacher".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on August 15, 2020
To waive the requirement that schools provide 1,098 hours of instruction in the 2021-22 school year, and waive the requirement that at least 75% of the students enrolled must be present a on a school day for the district to get state aid for that day. Instead, it appears that with some exceptions and ambiguities, schools would get funding during the declared coronavirus epidemic emergency if they “ensure” that at least 75% of the students who are enrolled for non-classroom instruction get at least one “two-way interaction” per month with one of their teachers, which could be an email, phone call or text message, or an actual face-to-face conversation. For purposes of tracking and public reporting, the standard is two teacher contacts per week.
School districts that choose not to provide in-person instruction would only be required to “provide pupil instruction...online, digitally, by other remote means, in a synchronous or asynchronous format” that “deliver the educational or course content that would have been delivered in 180 days and 1,098 hours”.
Received in the House on August 17, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D) on August 17, 2020
To waive the proposed requirement that schools must “ensure” that at least 75% of the students who are enrolled for non-classroom instruction get at least one “two-way interaction” per month with one of their teachers.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on August 17, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Mari Manoogian (D) on August 17, 2020
To not count students who may actually be ill with COVID-19 in the requirement that at least 75% of the students who are enrolled for non-classroom instruction get at least one “two-way interaction” per month with one of their teachers.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on August 17, 2020
Signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on August 20, 2020

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