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2020 House Bill 5913: Authorize Remote Public School Instruction Only in 2020-21 (as passed)

Public Act 149 of 2020

Introduced by Rep. Annette Glenn (R) on May 24, 2020
To require all school districts to test all K to 8 students within the first 30 days of the 2020-2021 school year to measure proficiency in reading and mathematics during the coronavirus epidemic. The bill would also revise some rules on students allowed to get “remote instruction,” and create a committee to provide oversight to the state education department’s pupil accounting process.   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-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Thomas Albert (R) on July 22, 2020
To establish 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
To require all school districts to test all K to 8 students within the first 30 days of the 2020-2021 school year to measure proficiency in reading and mathematics. The bill would also revise some rules on students allowed to get “remote instruction,” and create a committee to provide oversight to the state education department’s pupil accounting process.
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. Erika Geiss (D) on August 15, 2020
To strip out a provision requiring school districts to "re-confirm" to state officials every 30 days during the 2020-21 school year how they are providing non-classroom instruction.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on August 15, 2020
Amendment offered by Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D) on August 15, 2020
To eliminate a proposed requirement that once during the first nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year school districts must administer a test to all K-8 students assessing their progress on reading and math, and do so once again before the end of the school year.
The amendment failed 17 to 21 in the Senate on August 15, 2020.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Jeff Irwin (D) on August 15, 2020
To waive requirements that school districts administer learning progress assessment tests to students in the 2020-21 school year.
The amendment failed 17 to 21 in the Senate on August 15, 2020.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Jeff Irwin (D) on August 15, 2020
To allocate state aid to school districts in the 2020-21 school as if they enrolled the same number of students as they did in 2019-20 before the coronavirus, even though their plans to provide little or no in-person instruction are likely to cause parents to seek alternatives.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on August 15, 2020
Amendment offered by Sen. Stephanie Chang (D) on August 15, 2020
To not require school districts to ensure that at least 75% of the students who are enrolled for non-classroom instruction get at least one “two-way interaction” with his or her teacher per week, and instead require this once a month. The "interactions" could be an email, phone call or text message, and would not have to be at the same time ("synchronous").
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on August 15, 2020
Amendment offered by Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D) on August 15, 2020
To require school districts to meet "metrics" produced by local public health departments on whether their coronavirus epidemic protections for students and school personnel are "sufficient".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on August 15, 2020
To only require school districts to provide instruction “…online, digitally, by other remote means, in a synchronous or asynchronous format" in the 2020-21 school year.
To accommodate this the bill would waive the requirement that at least 75% of the students enrolled in a district must be present for the district to get state aid on any given day. Instead, it appears that with some exceptions and ambiguities, schools would get funding 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 his or her 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.
Also, to require school districts to administer a test during the first nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year to all K-8 students that assesses their progress on reading and math, and do so once again before the end of the school year.
Received in the House on August 17, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Padma Kuppa (D) on August 17, 2020
To authorize spending $1.6 million on grants to deliver a certain teacher professional development regime specified in the amendment that among other things emphasizes "social justice" and "anti-racism practices".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on August 17, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Nate Shannon (D) on August 17, 2020
To give Intermediate School Districts an additional $1.2 million for a certain program aimed at developmentally disabled children age three and under.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on August 17, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D) on August 17, 2020
To strip out a provision that requires school districts to administer a test during the first nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year to all K-8 students that assesses their progress on reading and math, and do so once again before the end of the school year.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on August 17, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D) on August 17, 2020
To eliminate a requirement that school districts reconfirm on a monthly basis that they are executing their remote instruction plans as submitted to state officials.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on August 17, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D) on August 17, 2020
To give school districts the same amount of state aid in the 2020-21 school year as they received in the year before the coronavirus epidemic, when instruction was in-person and the number of students enrolled was likely higher than the numbers expected during the epidemic.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on August 17, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Matt Koleszar (D) on August 17, 2020
To strip out a provision that requires school districts to administer a test during the first nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year to all K-8 students that assesses their progress on reading and math, and do so once again before the end of the school year.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on August 17, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Leslie Love (D) on August 17, 2020
To only require school districts to post their remote instruction "interaction rates" with individual students once per quarter during the epidemic rather than once a month.
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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