Learn What’s in the New Third Grade Reading Law

With Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature yesterday, the third grade reading bill became law.

However, some provisions won’t kick in quickly, including the controversial retention mandate. And when retention of third graders does become a requirement, several exemptions will allow certain below-grade level readers to avoid repeating the third grade.

Seclusion and Restraint Bill Passes House Committee

A proposed policy on the use of seclusion and restraint in schools passed the House Education Committee this week. 
The package of bills (HB 5409-5418) would eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint in the classroom except for last-resort emergency situations. Districts would be required to notify parents and document to the state every time seclusion or restraint is used.