Mich. Lawmakers Continue Pursuit of Fed. Schools Cash
Next week could be crucial in determining how far Michigan lawmakers will go in hopes of winning up to $400 million in extra federal stimulus money for the state's cash-strapped public schools.
The Democratic-led House approved broad education reform legislation related to the effort Thursday, including bills that would allow expansion of charter schools and create alternatives in the certification of teachers. Bills with similar themes have been approved by the Republican-led Senate. But key differences remain — especially related to allowing new charter schools — that must be resolved soon if they are to be included in the state's formal application for Race to the Top money offered in a competition from the Obama administration.
Legislative leaders from both parties already have made some compromises in hopes of helping Michigan's efforts to win the extra cash. But there will be more hurdles to overcome as much of the legislation goes to bipartisan conference committees made up of House and...
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