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2003 Senate Bill 599: Let teachers's children attend teacher's school

Public Act 227 of 2004

  1. Introduced by Sen. Ray Basham (D) on June 25, 2003, to allow the children of public school teachers to attend school in the district in which their parent teaches, even if their assigned district (based on where they live) is different. The approval of the child’s district of residence would not be required in order for the parent/teacher’s district to collect the per-pupil state school aid grant for the child.
    • Referred to the Senate Education Committee on June 25, 2003.
    • Reported in the Senate on March 17, 2004, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on April 27, 2004, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 27, 2004.
  2. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on April 28, 2004, to allow the children of public school teachers to attend school in the district in which their parent teaches, even if their assigned district (based on where they live) is different. The approval of the child’s district of residence would not be required in order for the parent/teacher’s district to collect the per-pupil state school aid grant for the child.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on April 28, 2004.
    • Referred to the House Education Committee on April 28, 2004.
      • Reported in the House on June 16, 2004, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass. On the House floor, the Speaker of the House offered an amendment to use the bill as a "vehicle" to place on the ballot in Genesee, Kent, Macomb and Oakland counties a measure to close down the county Intermediate School District (ISD), and transfer its revenue to the regular school districts in the county. The Speaker said he was trying to put pressure on ISDs, which he contended were "stonewalling" a package of ISD governance reform bills. The amendment was later withdrawn.
  4. Passed 80 to 23 in the House on June 30, 2004, to allow the children of public school teachers to attend school in the district in which their parent teaches, even if their assigned district (based on where they live) is different. The approval of the child’s district of residence would not be required in order for the parent/teacher’s district to collect the per-pupil state school aid grant for the child.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on July 21, 2004.

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