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3rd-Grade Reading, School Grade Bills Sent To Full House
On Wednesday the House Education Committee sent to the full House one of the most sweeping reforms of the state's schools: a package of bills that would affect every school by requiring the retention of third-graders who do not test proficient in reading and creating a letter grading system of the state's schools.
House Panel Allows For Retroactive Resentencing Of Juvenile Lifers
A plan that would allow resentencing for those currently serving automatic life without parole, sentenced as minors, if courts determine the ruling striking that practice is retroactive won approval Wednesday in a substitute for SB 319 from the House Criminal Justice Committee.
Snyder: Now Discussions Can Begin On Detroit
With a judicial finding that Detroit can go through a Chapter 9 bankruptcy, "important discussions" can begin on how to resolve the various issues, including the fates of city-owned art and public pensioners, as part of the bankruptcy.
Meekhof Envisions Legislation Regulating MEA Dues Opt-Out
Senate Majority Floor Leader Arlan Meekhof on Wednesday said he is considering legislation that could require the Michigan Education Association to offer an opt-out for members seeking to leave the union, or at least provide more notice of the ability to opt-out, after he and the union battled for nearly two hours at the Senate Compliance and Accountability Committee.
Senate Passes Farnum Sale Bill, Prescription Drug Pricing
The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would transfer ownership of the Farnum Building, which houses Senate offices and committee rooms, to the Senate majority leader's office in the event that he or she wishes to sell the building.
Bills Streamlining MEDC Incentive Programs, Beefing Up Safeguards Clear House Panel
Bills regulating how much in incentive money the Michigan Economic Development Corporation can use in its business attraction and retention programs as well as toughening some reporting requirements cleared the House Commerce Committee on Thursday.
Abortion Bill Is Not Appropriate, Snyder Says
Governor Rick Snyder said Wednesday he was still opposed to a provision that would require individuals to purchase a separate insurance policy to cover elective abortions, but that the issue was now in the hands of the Legislature.
Court Of Claims Trailer Bill Passes House Unanimously
Two House Democrats said on the House floor Wednesday that the trailer bill to the controversial Court of Claims law does not fix all the holes, but still the bill cleared the chamber with a unanimous vote.
Subscribers Please Note: Committee Defeated Truancy Bill
A story in Tuesday's Michigan Report erred in reporting that a bill that would temporarily suspend welfare benefits for parents whose children are frequently truant from school was reported from the Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services Committee. The vote on HB 4388 was 2-1, but that is an insufficient number of votes to move the bill from committee. Three votes were needed.
Bill Would Allow Legally Married Gay Couples To File Joint State Returns
Rep. Sam Singh introduced a bill on Wednesday that would allow legally married gay couples who now qualify for joint federal tax returns to file joint state tax returns as well.
Resolution On Sedenquist May Go Before GOP Committee
The Michigan Republican Party's central committee may consider a resolution to censure committee member Doug Sedenquist at its meeting next week, sources indicated, but party rules prohibit removing the troubled member from the committee unless he is convicted of a felony.
Snyder Renews Support For Immigration At Ceremony
Speaking to 25 new U.S. citizens who were sworn in at the first of its kind ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda, Governor Rick Snyder renewed his support efforts to encourage and improve the immigration system in the United States.
Appeals Court Rules Chiropractor Wrongly Put On Probation
The Court of Appeals reversed a ruling by the Bureau of Health Professions that put a chiropractor on probation for allegedly criticizing another chiropractor.
Michigan House Announces 2014 Schedule
House Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas (R-Midland) announced the chamber's schedule for 2014 on Wednesday. Session will begin on Wednesday, January 8th at noon, and convene every Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and noon on Thursdays. Spring break will be the first two weeks in April and summer break would be most of July and August, with four tentative dates throughout the two months. Session is scheduled to begin again the second week of September with much of October off and the last two weeks of November off. The last day of the 2014 session is scheduled on December 18.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #52, Report 236, December 4, 2013. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
Bills that could impact every public school and thousands of students in the state moved a step closer to becoming law today.
After taking hours of testimony in the last weeks, the House Education Committee voted this afternoon to advance proposals that would set a new reading standard for third-grade students and enact an A-F letter-grade system for rating schools.
For the full article, see "'Significant' Ed Reforms Pass House Committee Test", Inside MIRS Today, December 4, 2013.
Other topics covered include:
• Could Johnson Face GOP Challenger?
• 'Significant' Ed Reforms Pass House Committee Test
• Panel OK With 21st Century Fund Living Until '19
• Senate Committee Peers Through MEA's Side Of August Window
• MLCC Chairman: Secondary Use Rule Unnecessary
• House R's Put Retroactive Trigger On Juvenile Lifers Bill
• Senate OK With Giving Secretary Power Over Farnum Building
• Richardville On Leftover Agenda
• For 2nd Year In A Row, House Office Allotments To Increase
• Physician Shortage, Reporting Requirement Bills Still Evolving
• Scrap Metal Bills Scrape Up Industry Support
• Court Of Claims Revisited: Trailer Bill Wins Unanimous Support
• Google To Michigan: Prepare Now For Driverless Vehicle Sales
• Capitol Hosted 1st Naturalization Ceremony For 25 New Michigan Citizens
• U-M Grad Snyder: Go Green
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Baptists opened Michigan Central College in Spring Arbor. It was the first in Michigan to grant degrees to women. The college was moved and reorganized as Hillsdale College in 1855.
Hillsdale was the first American college to ban racial, religious and sexual discrimination in its charter. It was the second to grant 4-year liberal arts degrees to women.
Mainly because of professor and preacher Ransom Dunn's efforts, Hillsdale managed to survive the Civil War; 80% of colleges founded before the war did not.
Hillsdale's students who fought in the Civil War received high honors, too. Of 400 Hillsdale students who joined the Union Army, four won the Medal of Honor from Congress and three became generals.
As a result of Hillsdale's antislavery reputation and its role in shaping the Republican Party, many speakers such as Frederick Douglass and politician Edward Everett visited the school.
Source : Historical Society of Michigan and Emily Hopcian, This Week in Michigan History, Detroit Free Press, December 2, 2007, B.4.
"Early on December 4, 1838, a force of about 140 American and Canadian supporters of William Lyon Mackenzie crossed the river from Detroit and landed about one mile east of here. After capturing and burning a nearby militia barracks, they took possession of Windsor. In this vicinity they were met and routed by a force of some 130 militiamen commanded by Colonel John Prince. Four of the invaders taken prisoner were executed summarily by order of Colonel Prince. This action caused violent controversy in both Canada and the United States. The remaining captives were tried and sentenced at London, Upper Canada. Six were executed, eighteen transported to a penal colony in Tasmania and sixteen deported."
The Battle of Windsor was part of a plot by Patriots in 1837 and 1838 to seize the portion of Ontario between the Detroit and Niagara Rivers and place them under control of the United States of America.
The Patriot War by the Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs.
The patriot war, [electronic resource] by Robert B. Ross. Pub. in Detroit evening news, 1890. Revised by the author for the Michigan pioneer and historical society. Access limited to the MSU community.
On this day, Territorial Governor Lewis Cass wrote Secretary of War John Calhoun warning him that the British were continuing to provide presents (government welfare) to Indians residing in Michigan. Although the British were officially forced to give up any claims to Michigan by losing the War of 1812, they would continue to meddle in Michigan internal affairs until at least 1829.
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