Substitute For

HOUSE BILL NO. 5506

A bill to make appropriations for the department of education for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2025; and to provide for the expenditure of the appropriations.

the people of the state of michigan enact:


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part 1

line-item appropriations

Sec. 101. There is appropriated for the department of education for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2025 from the following funds:

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 

 

 

APPROPRIATION SUMMARY

 

 

 

Full-time equated unclassified positions

6.0

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

560.2

 

 


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GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

167,825,100

Interdepartmental grant revenues:

 

 

 

Total interdepartmental grants and intradepartmental transfers

 

 

0

ADJUSTED GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

167,825,100

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Total federal revenues

 

 

82,550,500

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Total local revenues

 

 

5,868,500

Total private revenues

 

 

2,542,200

Total other state restricted revenues

 

 

10,117,800

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

66,746,100

Sec. 102. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION/OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

 

 

 

Full-time equated unclassified positions

6.0

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

14.8

 

 

Unclassified salaries--FTE positions

6.0

$

1,155,600

Education commission of the states

 

 

120,800

State board of education, per diem payments

 

 

24,400

State board/superintendent operations--FTEs

14.8

 

3,097,000

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

4,397,800

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal revenues

 

 

306,600

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Private foundations

 

 

80,000

Certification fees

 

 

835,100

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

3,176,100


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Sec. 103. DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

47.7

 

 

Central support operations--FTEs

41.7

$

7,047,600

Federal and private grants

 

 

3,000,000

Grant and contract operations--FTEs

6.0

 

2,420,800

Property management

 

 

3,985,000

Terminal leave payments

 

 

353,300

Training and orientation workshops

 

 

150,000

Worker's compensation

 

 

6,200

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

16,962,900

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal indirect revenues

 

 

2,296,800

Federal revenues

 

 

5,860,200

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Private foundations

 

 

1,000,000

Certification fees

 

 

616,800

Teacher testing fees

 

 

80,600

Training and orientation workshop fees

 

 

150,000

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

6,958,500

Sec. 104. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

 

 

 

Information technology services and projects

 

$

5,753,400

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

5,753,400

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal indirect revenues

 

 

1,821,500

Federal revenues

 

 

670,600


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Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Certification fees

 

 

977,400

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

2,283,900

Sec. 105. SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

47.0

 

 

Special education operations--FTEs

47.0

$

9,555,600

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

9,555,600

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal revenues

 

 

8,955,700

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Private foundations

 

 

111,800

Certification fees

 

 

49,200

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

438,900

Sec. 106. MICHIGAN SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

74.0

 

 

Camp Tuhsmeheta--FTE

1.0

$

1,000,400

Low incidence outreach program

 

 

1,000,000

Michigan schools for the deaf and blind operations--FTEs

73.0

 

16,714,000

Private gifts - blind

 

 

200,000

Private gifts - deaf

 

 

150,000

ASL literacy resources

 

 

1,000,000

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

20,064,400

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal revenues

 

 

7,639,400


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Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Local cost sharing (schools for deaf/blind)

 

 

5,868,500

Gifts, bequests, and donations

 

 

1,350,400

Low incidence outreach fund

 

 

1,000,000

Student insurance revenue

 

 

206,100

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

4,000,000

Sec. 107. EDUCATOR EXCELLENCE

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

47.0

 

 

Educator excellence operations--FTEs

46.0

$

10,678,400

Educator recruitment and preparation programs--FTE

1.0

 

1,675,600

Teacher license renewals

 

 

280,000

Michigan test for teacher certification reimbursement

 

 

1,150,000

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

13,784,000

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal revenues

 

 

3,173,000

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Certification fees

 

 

4,190,100

Teacher testing fees

 

 

203,300

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

6,217,600

Sec. 108. SYSTEMS, EVALUATION, AND TECHNOLOGY

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

15.0

 

 

Office of systems, evaluation, and technology operations--FTEs

15.0

$

2,742,000

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

2,742,000

Appropriated from:

 

 

 


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Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal indirect revenues

 

 

145,500

Federal revenues

 

 

1,335,700

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Certification fees

 

 

11,000

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

1,249,800

Sec. 109. STRATEGIC PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

6.0

 

 

Strategic planning and implementation operations--FTEs

6.0

$

1,194,100

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

1,194,100

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal revenues

 

 

643,100

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

551,000

Sec. 110. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW SERVICES

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

3.0

 

 

Administrative law operations--FTEs

3.0

$

1,574,500

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

1,574,500

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal revenues

 

 

573,300

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Certification fees

 

 

745,800

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

255,400

Sec. 111. ACCOUNTABILITY SERVICES

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

58.0

 

 

Accountability services operations--FTEs

58.0

$

14,921,300


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GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

14,921,300

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal revenues

 

 

12,981,800

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

1,939,500

Sec. 112. SCHOOL SUPPORT SERVICES

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

84.0

 

 

Adolescent and school health

 

$

334,100

School support services operations--FTEs

84.0

 

16,310,400

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

16,644,500

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal revenues

 

 

13,127,300

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Commodity distribution fees

 

 

150,000

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

3,367,200

Sec. 113. EDUCATIONAL SUPPORTS

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

85.7

 

 

Educational supports operations--FTEs

85.7

$

17,846,000

Michigan core curriculum

 

 

750,000

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

18,596,000

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal revenues

 

 

13,175,600

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Certification fees

 

 

602,400

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

4,818,000

Sec. 114. CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

 

 

 


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Full-time equated classified positions

25.0

 

 

Career and technical education operations--FTEs

25.0

$

5,834,200

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

5,834,200

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal revenues

 

 

4,099,200

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

1,860,000

Sec. 115. LIBRARY OF MICHIGAN

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

36.0

 

 

Library of Michigan operations--FTEs

34.0

$

5,623,000

Library services and technology program--FTE

1.0

 

5,630,700

Michigan eLibrary--FTE

1.0

 

1,740,800

Renaissance zone reimbursements

 

 

2,200,000

State aid to libraries

 

 

16,067,700

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

31,262,200

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal revenues

 

 

5,630,700

Special revenue funds:

 

 

 

Library fees

 

 

300,000

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

25,331,500

Sec. 116. PARTNERSHIP DISTRICT SUPPORT

 

 

 

Full-time equated classified positions

17.0

 

 

Partnership district support operations--FTEs

17.0

$

4,238,200

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

4,238,200

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

Federal revenues:

 

 

 

Federal revenues

 

 

114,500


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State general fund/general purpose

 

$

4,123,700

Sec. 118. ONE-TIME APPROPRIATIONS

 

 

 

Toolkit development

 

$

300,000

GROSS APPROPRIATION

 

$

300,000

Appropriated from:

 

 

 

State general fund/general purpose

 

$

300,000

 

part 2

provisions concerning appropriations

for fiscal year 2024-2025

general sections

Sec. 201. In accordance with section 30 of article IX of the state constitution of 1963, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2025, total state spending under part 1 from state sources is $76,863,900.00 and state spending under part 1 from state sources to be paid to local units of government is $18,417,000.00. The following itemized statement identifies appropriations from which spending to local units of government will occur:

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 

 

 

Renaissance zone reimbursements

 

 

2,200,000

School support services operations

 

 

150,000

State aid to libraries

 

 

16,067,700

TOTAL

 

$

18,417,700

Sec. 202. The appropriations under this part and part 1 are subject to the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1101 to 18.1594.

Sec. 203. As used in this part and part 1:

(a) "Department" means the department of education.

(b) "DHHS" means the department of health and human services.


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(c) "District" means a local school district as that term is defined in section 6 of the revised school code, 1976 PA 451, MCL 380.6, or a public school academy as that term is defined in section 5 of the revised school code, 1976 PA 451, MCL 380.5.

(d) "FTE" means full-time equated.

(e) "HHS" means the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

(f) "Standard report recipients" means the senate and house appropriations subcommittees on the department budget, the senate and house fiscal agencies, the senate and house policy offices, and the state budget office.

Sec. 204. The department shall use the internet to fulfill the reporting requirements of this part. This requirement includes transmitting reports to the standard report recipients and any other required recipients by email and posting the reports on a website.

Sec. 205. To the extent permissible under section 261 of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1261, all of the following apply to the expenditure of funds appropriated in part 1:

(a) The funds must not be used for the purchase of foreign goods or services, or both, if competitively priced and of comparable quality American goods or services, or both, are available.

(b) Preference must be given to goods or services, or both, manufactured or provided by Michigan businesses, if they are competitively priced and of comparable quality.

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comparable quality.

Sec. 206. The department shall not take disciplinary action against an employee of the department for communicating with a member of the legislature or legislative staff, unless the communication is prohibited by law and the department is exercising its authority as provided by law.

Sec. 207. Consistent with section 217 of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1217, the department shall prepare a report on out-of-state travel expenses not later than January 1. The report must list all travel by classified and unclassified employees outside this state in the previous fiscal year that was funded in whole or in part with funds appropriated in the department's budget. The department shall submit the report to the standard report recipients and to the senate and house appropriations committees. The report must include all of the following information:

(a) The dates of each travel occurrence.

(b) The total transportation and related expenses of each travel occurrence and the proportions funded with state general fund/general purpose revenues, state restricted revenues, federal revenues, and other revenues.

Sec. 208. The department shall not use funds appropriated in part 1 to hire a person to provide legal services that are the responsibility of the attorney general. This section does not apply to legal services for bonding activities or to outside legal services that the attorney general authorizes.

Sec. 209. Not later than December 15, the state budget office shall prepare and submit a report that provides estimates of the total general fund/general purpose appropriation lapses at the


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close of the previous fiscal year. The report must summarize the projected year-end general fund/general purpose appropriation lapses by major departmental program or program areas. The state budget office shall transmit the report to the standard report recipients and to the chairpersons of the senate and house appropriations committees.

Sec. 210. (1) In addition to the funds appropriated in part 1, there is appropriated an amount not to exceed $5,000,000.00 for federal contingency authorization. Amounts appropriated under this subsection are not available for expenditure until they have been transferred to another line item in part 1 under section 393(2) of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1393.

(2) In addition to the funds appropriated in part 1, there is appropriated an amount not to exceed $400,000.00 for state restricted contingency authorization. Amounts appropriated under this subsection are not available for expenditure until they have been transferred to another line item in part 1 under section 393(2) of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1393.

(3) In addition to the funds appropriated in part 1, there is appropriated an amount not to exceed $250,000.00 for local contingency authorization. Amounts appropriated under this subsection are not available for expenditure until they have been transferred to another line item in part 1 under section 393(2) of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1393.

(4) In addition to the funds appropriated in part 1, there is appropriated an amount not to exceed $1,500,000.00 for private contingency authorization. Amounts appropriated under this subsection are not available for expenditure until they have been transferred to another line item in part 1 under section 393(2) of


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the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1393.

Sec. 211. The department shall cooperate with the department of technology, management, and budget to maintain a searchable website accessible by the public at no cost that includes, but is not limited to, all of the following for the department:

(a) Fiscal year-to-date expenditures by category.

(b) Fiscal year-to-date expenditures by appropriation unit.

(c) Fiscal year-to-date payments to a selected vendor, including the vendor name, payment date, payment amount, and payment description.

(d) The number of active department employees by job classification.

(e) Job specifications and wage rates.

Sec. 212. Not later than 14 days after the release of the executive budget recommendation, the department shall cooperate with the state budget office to provide an annual report on estimated state restricted fund balances, state restricted fund projected revenues, and state restricted fund expenditures for the previous 2 fiscal years. The report must be submitted to the standard report recipients and to the chairpersons of the senate and house appropriations committees.

Sec. 214. (1) Funds appropriated in part 1 must not be used to restrict or impede a marginalized community's access to government resources, programs, or facilities.

(2) From the funds appropriated in part 1, local governments shall report any action or policy that attempts to restrict or interfere with the duties of the local health officer.

Sec. 215. To the extent permissible under the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1101 to 18.1594, the state


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superintendent of public instruction shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that geographically disadvantaged business enterprises compete for and perform contracts to provide services, supplies, or both. The state superintendent of public instruction shall strongly encourage firms with which the department contracts to subcontract with certified geographically disadvantaged business enterprises for services, supplies, or both. As used in this section, "geographically disadvantaged business enterprises" means that term as defined in Executive Directive No. 2019-08.

Sec. 216. On a quarterly basis, the department shall report on the number of full-time equated positions in pay status by civil service classification, including a comparison by line item of the number of full-time equated positions authorized from funds appropriated in part 1 to the actual number of full-time equated positions employed by the department at the end of the reporting period. The report must be submitted to the senate and house appropriations committees and to the standard report recipients.

Sec. 217. It is the intent of the legislature that the department maximize the efficiency of the state workforce, and, if possible, prioritize in-person work and post its in-person, remote, or hybrid work policy on its website.

Sec. 218. The department shall receive and retain copies of all reports funded from appropriations in part 1. The department shall follow federal and state guidelines for short-term and long-term retention of records. The department may electronically retain copies of reports unless otherwise required by federal and state guidelines.

Sec. 219. Not later than April 1, the department shall report on each specific policy change made to implement a public act


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affecting the department that took effect during the previous calendar year. The department shall submit the report to the standard report recipients, to the senate and house appropriations committees, and to the joint committee on administrative rules.

Sec. 222. To the extent possible, the department shall not expend appropriations under part 1 until all existing authorized work project funds available for the same purposes are exhausted.

 

department-specific general sections

Sec. 301. From the funds appropriated in part 1, the department shall provide through the internet the state board of education agenda and all supporting documents, and shall notify the state budget director and the senate and house fiscal agencies that the agenda and supporting documents are available on the internet, at the time the agenda and supporting documents are provided to state board of education members.

Sec. 302. From the funds appropriated in part 1, the department may assist DHHS, other departments, intermediate school districts, and local school districts to secure reimbursement for eligible services provided in Michigan schools from the federal Medicaid program. The department may submit reports of direct expenses related to this effort to DHHS for reimbursement.

Sec. 303. From the funds appropriated in part 1, the department shall do both of the following:

(a) Post on its website a link to the federal Institute of Education Sciences' What Works Clearinghouse.

(b) Disseminate knowledge about the What Works Clearinghouse to districts and intermediate school districts so that it may be used to improve reading proficiency for pupils in grades K to 3.


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Sec. 304. From the funds appropriated in part 1, the department shall coordinate with the other departments to streamline state services and resources, reduce duplication, and increase efficiency, including, but not limited to, all of the following:

(a) Working with the department of treasury to coordinate with the financial independence team and overseeing deficit districts.

(b) Working with DHHS and the department of licensing and regulatory affairs to coordinate with early childhood programs and overseeing child care providers.

Sec. 305. (1) As a condition of receiving appropriations in part 1, the department shall, in collaboration with DHHS, promote and support initiatives in schools and other educational organizations that include, but are not limited to, training for educators, teachers, and other personnel in school settings for all of the following:

(a) Using trauma-informed practices.

(b) Age-appropriate education and information on human trafficking.

(c) Age-appropriate education and information on sexual abuse prevention.

(2) If requested by the department, the department of state police and the department of attorney general shall consult with the department in the promotion and support of initiatives in schools and other educational organizations under subsection (1).

Sec. 306. From the funds appropriated in part 1, the department shall ensure that the most recently issued report of regional in-demand occupations issued by the department of technology, management, and budget is distributed in electronic or


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paper form to all high schools in each school district, intermediate school district, and public school academy.

 

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION/OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Sec. 351. (1) The department may use the appropriations from the state board of education, per diem payments in part 1 for per diem payments to the state board members for meetings at which a quorum is present or for performing official business authorized by the state board. The per diem payments are set at the following rates:

(a) State board of education - president - $110.00 per day.

(b) State board of education - member other than president - $100.00 per day.

(2) The department shall not pay a state board of education member a per diem for more than 30 days per year.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

Sec. 401. From the funds appropriated in part 1 for special education operations, the department shall use $100,000.00 to design and distribute to all parents and legal guardians of a student with a disability the following information:

(a) Federal and state mandates regarding the rights and protections of students with disabilities, including, but not limited to, individualized education programs to ensure that parents and legal guardians are fully informed about laws, rules, procedural safeguards, and problem-solving options.

(b) Any other information the department determines is necessary to allow parents and legal guardians to provide meaningful input in collaboration with districts to develop and


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implement an individualized education program.

 

MICHIGAN SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND

Sec. 451. From the funds appropriated in part 1, the employees at the Michigan Schools for the Deaf and Blind who work on a school-year basis are considered annual employees for purposes of service credits, retirement, and insurance benefits.

Sec. 452. For each student enrolled at the Michigan Schools for the Deaf and Blind, the department shall assess the intermediate school district of residence 100% of the cost of operating the student's instructional program, excluding room and board related costs and the cost of weekend transportation between the school and the student's home.

Sec. 456. (1) From the funds appropriated in part 1, the Michigan Schools for the Deaf and Blind may promote its residential program as a possible appropriate option for children who are deaf or hard of hearing or who are blind or visually impaired. From the funds appropriated in part 1, the Michigan Schools for the Deaf and Blind shall distribute information detailing its services to all intermediate school districts in this state.

(2) If an intermediate school district knows that a child in the district is deaf or hard of hearing or blind or visually impaired, the intermediate school district shall provide to the parents of the child the literature distributed by the Michigan Schools for the Deaf and Blind to intermediate school districts under subsection (1).

(3) Parents will continue to have a choice regarding the educational placement of their deaf or hard-of-hearing children.

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Deaf and Blind from gifts, bequests, and donations that is unexpended at the end of the state fiscal year may be carried over to the succeeding fiscal year and does not revert to the general fund.

Sec. 458. (1) The funds appropriated in part 1 for the low incidence outreach fund are appropriated from money collected by the Michigan Schools for the Deaf and Blind and the low incidence outreach program for providing qualified services and may be used for any expenses necessary to provide the qualified services. Any money that is unexpended at the end of the current fiscal year does not revert to the general fund and may be carried forward into the succeeding fiscal year.

(2) As used in this section, "qualified services" means any of the following:

(a) Document reproduction and services.

(b) Conducting conferences, workshops, and training classes.

(c) Providing specialized equipment, facilities, and software.

Sec. 459. When conducting a due process hearing resulting from a parent's appeal of that parent's child's individualized education program team's decision on the child's educational placement, a state administrative law judge shall consider designating the Michigan School for the Deaf as 1 of the options for the least restrictive environment under federal law for the parent's child who is deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing.

Sec. 460. From the funds appropriated in part 1 for ASL literacy resources, the department shall expend the funds to comply with all requirements in section 1705 of the revised school code, 1976 PA 451, MCL 380.1705.

 


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EDUCATOR EXCELLENCE

Sec. 501. From the funds appropriated in part 1 for educator excellence, the department shall maintain certificate revocation and felony conviction files of educational personnel.

Sec. 502. From the funds appropriated in part 1 for teacher license renewals, the department shall implement a program to waive fees or associated costs for the recruitment and retention of educators.

Sec. 503. From the funds appropriated in part 1, the department shall, if requested by the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, consult with the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute and external stakeholders in connection with the department's implementation and administration of professional development training described in section 35a of the state school aid act of 1979, 1979 PA 94, MCL 388.1635a, including, but not limited to, the online training of educators of pupils in grades K to 3 described in that section.

Sec. 504. From the funds appropriated in part 1 for educator recruitment and preparation programs, the department shall award $1,000,000.00 to districts for both of the following:

(a) Educator preparation program tuition, program fees, testing fees, and substitute permit costs for any individual employed in grades pre-k to 12 working toward certification or an additional endorsement.

(b) Program costs associated with hands-on learning experiences for students in grades 6 to 12 interested in the field of education, with supervision and mentoring from educators who are champions of, and committed to, the success of the profession.

Sec. 505. From the funds appropriated in part 1 for educator


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recruitment and preparation programs, not less than $190,000.00 and not fewer than 1.0 FTE position is allocated for educator recruitment and preparation programs.

Sec. 506. Revenue received from teacher testing fees that is unexpended at the end of the current fiscal year may be carried over to the succeeding fiscal year and does not revert to the general fund.

Sec. 507. From the funds appropriated in part 1, the department shall adopt a teacher certification test that ensures that all newly certified elementary teachers have the skills to deliver evidence-based literacy instruction grounded in the science of reading. The department may use teacher certification or teacher testing fee revenue to the extent allowable under law to implement this section, or may pass along increased testing fees to teachers as allowable and appropriate.

Sec. 508. (1) The funds appropriated in part 1 for the Michigan test for teacher certification shall be used for grants to reimburse eligible applicants who have taken a subject area test or subject area tests required under the Michigan test for teacher certification during the 2024-2025 academic year. Grant awards must be equal to 100% of the fees associated with any test or tests under the Michigan test for teacher certification necessary for the eligible applicant to be certified to teach in Michigan. As used in this subsection, "eligible applicant" means any of the following:

(a) The applicant was not a certified teacher in any state and took a required subject area test or subject area tests under the Michigan test for teacher certification for the first time.

(b) The applicant was a certified teacher in another state and took a required test or tests under the Michigan test for teacher


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certification for the first time.

(c) The applicant was a Michigan certified teacher and took a required subject area test or subject area tests under the Michigan test for teacher certification for an additional endorsement for the first time.

(2) The department shall develop, and publish on the department website, program guidelines, an application process, and the associated application materials for grants under subsection (1).

(3) The unexpended funds appropriated in part 1 for the Michigan test for teacher certification are designated as a work project appropriation, and any unencumbered or unallocated funds shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year and shall be available for expenditures for projects under this section until the projects have been completed. The following is in compliance with section 451a of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1451a:

(a) The purpose of the project is to reimburse applicants who are taking a required test for the Michigan test for teacher certification for the first time.

(b) The project will be accomplished by utilizing state resources, contracts, or grants.

(c) The total estimated cost for the work project is $1,150,000.00.

(d) The tentative completion date is September 30, 2029.

 

SCHOOL SUPPORT SERVICES

Sec. 601. From the funds appropriated in part 1 for adolescent and school health, the department shall use the funds to replace


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federal funding reductions from the HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the department and section 39a(2)(a) of the state school aid act of 1979, 1979 PA 94, MCL 388.1639a.

Sec. 602. (1) From the funds appropriated in part 1 for school support services operations, there is appropriated $150,000.00 for school board member training. The department shall approve 1 or more training programs for school board members that include courses of instruction for school board members in 1 or more of the following topic areas:

(a) Conflicts of interest, including, but not limited to, the application of section 1203 of the revised school code, 1976 PA 451, MCL 380.1203.

(b) Labor relations, including, but not limited to, a school board's role in collective bargaining agreements in 1947 PA 336, MCL 423.201 to 423.217, and in other laws related to employment.

(c) Education law, including, but not limited to, the revised school code, 1976 PA 451, MCL 380.1 to 380.1852, the state school aid act of 1979, 1979 PA 94, MCL 388.1601 to 388.1896, the open meetings act, 1976 PA 267, MCL 15.261 to 15.275, and 1937 (Ex Sess) PA 4, MCL 38.71 to 38.191, dealing with teacher tenure.

(d) School finance, including, but not limited to, the creation and management of school district budgets.

(e) Board governance, including, but not limited to, roles and responsibilities, parliamentary procedure, and best practices.

(f) Implicit bias training.

(2) On completion of an eligible training program, a school board member may apply for reimbursement for the cost of the eligible training program through the board member's local district, up to $100.00 per course. The department may determine


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the form and manner of the application to reimburse the district for the cost.

(3) The department shall create a process for the provider of a course in a topic listed in subsection (1) to apply to the department to have the course approved and be eligible for a school board member to be reimbursed for completing that course as provided under subsection (2).

(4) As used in this section:

(a) "Eligible training program" means a training program that is approved under subsection (1).

(b) "School board member" means a member of the board of a school district or intermediate school district or a member of the board of directors of a public school academy in this state.

 

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORTS

Sec. 701. (1) From the funds appropriated in part 1 for educational supports, the department shall produce a report detailing the progress made by districts with grades K to 12 receiving at-risk funding under section 31a of the state school aid act of 1979, 1979 PA 94, MCL 388.1631a, in doing both of the following:

(a) Implementing multitiered systems of supports in the previous school fiscal year for grades K to 12.

(b) Providing reading intervention services described in section 1280f of the revised school code, 1976 PA 451, MCL 380.1280f, for pupils in grades K to 12.

(2) The department shall include, at a minimum, all of the following in the report described in subsection (1):

(a) A description of the training, coaching, and technical


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assistance offered by the department to districts to support the implementation of effective multitiered systems of supports and reading intervention programs.

(b) A list of districts determined by the department to have successfully implemented multitiered systems of supports and reading intervention programs.

(c) A list of best practices that the department has identified that may be used by districts to implement multitiered systems of supports and reading intervention programs.

(d) Other information the department determines would be useful to understanding the status of districts' implementation of effective multitiered systems of supports and reading intervention programs.

(3) The department shall provide the report described in subsection (1) to the state budget director, the house and senate subcommittees that oversee the department and school aid budgets, and the house and senate fiscal agencies by September 30 of the current fiscal year.

Sec. 702. From the funds appropriated in part 1, there is appropriated an amount not less than $1,000,000.00 for implementation costs associated with programs for early childhood literacy funded under section 35a of the state school aid act of 1979, 1979 PA 94, MCL 388.1635a.

Sec. 703. From the funds appropriated in part 1 for Michigan core curriculum, the department shall, in collaboration with the confederation of Michigan tribal education department, continuously design, implement, and evaluate professional learning and optional curriculum modules for the purpose of teaching Michigan Indigenous tribal history including the history of Indian boarding schools in


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LIBRARY OF MICHIGAN

Sec. 801. (1) The funds appropriated in part 1 for library fees are appropriated from money collected by the library of Michigan for providing qualified services and may be used for any expenses necessary to provide the qualified services. Any money that is unexpended at the end of the current fiscal year does not lapse to the general fund and may be carried forward into the succeeding fiscal year.

(2) As used in this section, "qualified services" means any of the following:

(a) Document reproduction and services.

(b) Conducting conferences, workshops, and training classes.

(c) Providing specialized equipment, facilities, and software.

Sec. 804. (1) The department shall use the funds appropriated in part 1 for renaissance zone reimbursements to reimburse public libraries under section 12 of the Michigan renaissance zone act, 1996 PA 376, MCL 125.2692, for taxes levied in 2024. The department shall allocate the funds not later than 60 days after the department of treasury certifies to the department and to the state budget director that the department of treasury has received all necessary information to properly determine the amounts due to each eligible recipient.

(2) If the amount appropriated under this section is not sufficient to fully pay obligations under this section, the department shall prorate payments on an equal basis among all eligible recipients.


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Sec. 805. From the funds appropriated in part 1 for the Library of Michigan, there is appropriated $100,000.00 for Michigan's poet laureate to support the Michigan poet laureate program to promote poetry, the spoken word, and literary arts across this state.

 

 

one-time appropriations

Sec. 1102. (1) From the funds appropriated in part 1 for toolkit development, the department is authorized to hire 1 limited-term employee and cover necessary costs to develop a toolkit to provide professional development regarding the teaching of the full and complex American history across subject areas including the history of communities of color and other marginalized communities.

(2) The unexpended funds appropriated in part 1 for toolkit development are designated as a work project appropriation, and any unencumbered or unallocated funds shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year and shall be available for expenditures for projects under this section until the projects have been completed. The following is in compliance with section 451a of the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1451a:

(a) The purpose of the project is to develop a toolkit to provide professional development regarding teaching of the full and complex American history.

(b) The project will be accomplished by utilizing state resources, contracts, or grants.

(c) The total estimated cost for the work project is $300,000.00.


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