MARSHALL PLAN FOR TALENT                                                                 S.B. 941 (S-1):

                                                                                   SUMMARY OF SUBSTITUTE BILL









Senate Bill 941 (Substitute S-1 as proposed)

Sponsor:  Senator Dave Hildenbrand

Committee:  Appropriations




The bill would amend the State School Aid Act to enact a new Article V (Sections 297-297L), commonly referred to as the "Marshall Plan for Talent". The bill would appropriate $100.0 million in fiscal year (FY) 2017-18 from the Talent Investment Fund for the purpose of improving the State's talent pool. Funds appropriated in FY 2017-18 would be a work project appropriation, and any unspent funds would be carried into FY 2018-19, with the work project estimated to be completed by the end of FY 2021-22.


Table 1 below shows the spending proposed in the bill. Under the bill, a total of $100.0 million is proposed to be spent from the Talent Investment Fund (which Senate Bill 942 would create).


In addition, Senate Bill 941 (S-1) would define terms used throughout Article V. Of note, "competency-based education" would be defined as "an approach to teaching and pupil learning where pupils are evaluated on individual competencies, and only when they master them, they move on to more advanced competencies". Also, "talent consortium" would be defined as a "consortium of entities that enter into a talent agreement…", and would require the inclusion of at least one district or intermediate school district (ISD) and employers or organizations representing employers.


The bill would require the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to develop consolidated grant applications, including at least one application that would encompass grants allocated under Sections 297a (competency-based education), 297b (equipment grants), and 297d (career navigators). Further, the bill would require that at least 50% of the grants under those three sections be awarded by June 1, 2019; and that 50% of the grants be awarded to Tier 1 districts, 30% be awarded to Tier 2 districts, and 20% be awarded to Tier 3 districts. The bill would define Tier 1 districts as those with more than 3,800 pupils; Tier 2 as those with between 1,400 and 3,800 pupils, and Tier 3 as those with fewer than 1,400 pupils. Districts could apply for grants individually or with other districts, or apply with their resident ISD, either alone or in combination with other districts.


MCL 388.1602 et al.




The bill would appropriate $100.0 million from the Talent Investment Fund for various purposes. Of the total, an estimated $61.2 million would be for payments to districts and intermediate districts, and an indeterminate amount would be for payments to community colleges. The remainder would go to State departments (including the Department of Talent and Economic Development, the MDE, the Michigan Department of Treasury, and the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget), to universities, and for other purposes.


Table 1

Proposed Marshall Plan for Talent Spending

SB 941 (S-1) Section Number


Grantees (subsection as noted)

SB 941 (S-1) Amount Proposed


To create and expand competency-based programs that result in competencies or credentials in high-demand fields.

Districts and ISDs in a talent consortium



To provide funds to DTMB to support critical cybersecurity training and infrastructure programs.

Training and Infrastructure



To provide funding to MDE for statewide supports for competency-based learning.

Statewide supports



To provide technical assistance to districts to help integrate the Michigan Merit curriculum into competency-based programs.

MDE for curriculum integration



To provide funding to teachers who are part of the Innovative Educator Corps.

Innovative Teachers



To provide competitive grants to purchase equipment to increase skilled workers in emerging and high-demand fields.

Districts and ISDs in a talent consortium



To provide scholarships for low-income students for a degree or credential in a high-demand field, to provide funding to postsecondary institutions for coaches and mentors, to provide incentive grants to districts, and for Treasury administration.

Students (2)


Postsecondary (10)


Districts (11)


Treasury admin (13)



To provide funding to districts and ISDs that are members of a talent consortium, to hire career navigators.

Districts and ISDs in a talent consortium



To provide funding for MiBright Future, a web-based career preparation platform.

MiBright Future



To provide funding for an awareness campaign.

Talent Attraction (2)


Going Pro (3)



To provide funding to MDE for administration.








Date Completed:  5-30-18                                             Fiscal Analyst:  Kathryn Summers

This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.