The start of the New Year saw Governor Snyder sign several new education-themed bills into law. Some of these new laws bring major changes of importance to educators K-12. The new laws and their requirements are discussed below.
Senate Bill No. 74, now Public Act No. 478, officially added cyber-bullying to Matt’s Safe School Law. Cyber-bullying is now a prohibited form of bulling under Michigan anti-bullying law. The Act defines “cyber-bullying” as “any electronic communication that is intended or that a reasonable person would know is likely to harm one or more pupils either directly or indirectly.” All Michigan schools have six months to modify their bullying policies to include cyber-bullying.
Senate Bill No. 492, now Public Act No. 479, makes the cut-off birthday for enrollment of kindergartners the same for children who reside in the district as for children who are eligible to enroll in the district through school of choice. The child must be five years old by December 1st of that school year to enroll in kindergarten. This law provides for uniformity amongst enrollment among resident and school of choice students. READ MORE HERE.