Governor Snyder signed into law important revisions to Michigan’s shared time law on May 15, 2012.
- Non-public schools can now see shared time services from any public school district or charter school within its Intermediate School District (ISD) or in a contiguous ISD.
- If your school already has an operating shared time program with another district or charter school, your school no longer has to go back to its home district on annual basis with a shared time request.
- If your school has asked for a shared time program from your local district in the past, it is not obligated to go back to the home district.
- The only requirement to go ask your home district for shared time services is if your school has never participated in shared time in the past. The first request must still be to the district in which the non-public school resides.
On the same day, Governor Snyder signed into law changes to Michigan’s Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Act. For the first time ever, non-public school students are eligible to be dually enrolled in a post-secondary institution without first having to enroll as part-time public school students. In addition the bill does the following:
- Removes the requirement that a student be in at least grade 11 to participate in dual enrollment.
- Clarifies that an eligible course is one offered for postsecondary credit.
- Allows a student to take up to 10 courses, overall (if receiving tuition and fee support under the act), as follows: If enrolling beginning in grade 9, then a limit of two courses in the first, second, and third academic years, and not more than 4 courses in year four; if enrolling beginning in grade 10, not more than 2 courses the first year, and not more than 4 courses during the second and third academic years; and if first enrolling in grade 11 or 12, not more than 6 courses during either of those academic years.
- Requires the Department of Treasury to pay the tuition for a postsecondary course taken by a nonpublic school student based on a prorated percentage of the statewide pupil-weighted average foundation allowance.
- Allows a dually enrolled nonpublic school student to receive only postsecondary credit for a course, unless it would be considered a “nonessential elective course.”
Thank you to all who called legislators to support these important changes. Thanks, too, to the Michigan Catholic Conference for their staunch advocacy on these issues. If you have any questions on any of these changes in state law impacting non-public schools, please contact the MANS Office at 800-394-5949.