SB-0545, As Passed Senate, December 5, 2017
SENATE BILL NO. 545
A bill to amend 2000 PA 161, entitled
"Michigan education savings program act,"
(MCL 390.1471 to 390.1486) by adding sections 21 and 22.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 21. (1) From the information received from each public
school pursuant to section 1210 of the revised school code, 1976 PA
451, MCL 380.1210, the department of education shall determine
which services, courses, materials, and any other fees and costs
that are offered by each public school are eligible services that
may be purchased using an account. Core instructional courses are
not eligible services that may be purchased using an account unless
the foundation allowance calculated under section 20 of the state
school aid act of 1979, 1979 PA 94, MCL 388.1620, available for
that student has been exhausted. The department of education shall
divide the services into 5 separate categories as follows:
(a) Core instructional courses.
(b) Noncore instructional courses.
(c) Extracurricular activities.
(d) Support activities.
(e) Course materials.
(2) Each public school that complies with section 1210 of the
revised school code, 1976 PA 451, MCL 380.1210, is eligible to
receive payments from the program. The department may designate
other organizations that provide core instructional courses and
noncore instructional courses, extracurricular and support
activities, and course materials as eligible to receive payments
from the program.
Sec. 22. Within 1 year after the effective date of this
section, the department, in consultation with the department of
education, shall establish and maintain an internet website
dedicated to this program. The website shall serve as the portal
for information about the enhanced Michigan education savings
accounts and the services and courses offered by each public school
and any other organization in this state. The website shall include
at least both of the following:
(a) A breakdown of the minimum requirements for annual course
loads and course descriptions.
(b) A mechanism for the enrollment of students into services
and to allow for the payment of those eligible services from each
student's account by the account owner.
Enacting section 1. This amendatory act does not take effect
unless Senate Bill No. 544 of the 99th Legislature is enacted into