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Day 22 had more action on the House side with movement in the Ways and Means subcommittee HB 32 which is the $3000 tax credit for teachers in rural districts and for high need subject areas for about 1000 takers of the state’s lowest performing schools for up to a five year period. We shall see if this […]

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This was a lighter and slower day day than yesterday.  HB 385 which is the Governor’s return to work bill was voted on and sent for further study.  This bill will have to wait until next year to move due to the financial study requirement that all retirement bills must go through before they can move […]

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Monday, February 22, was legislative day 20 and the Senate Education and Youth Committee met and moved three bills out of committee. They intended to hear and move SB 153 which is a bill developed to reduce funding to GOAL Academies in our state but ran out of time due to the length time time spent […]

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The end of this session could not come soon enough.  It ended at 10pm but the impact will be measured throughout the 20-21 school year.  At first glance, the FY21 budget which started at a dismal projection only improved as time moved forward and all three players the House, Senate, and Governor really worked together […]

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The FY21 Budget has finally arrived. The House and Senate conference committee went through the highlights of the newest version of the agreed upon budget: FY21 budget tracking sheet Education on pages 63-72  QBE cut by 10% or $950,000. Equalization, Sparsity, Pupil Transportation, Enrollment. growth, T & E all fully funded. LFMS adjusted upward to […]

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Today there was a lot of work being done in the halls of the Capitol trying to get ready for the flurry of activity that will sure be on display the final two days. The three bills discussed yesterday that passed out of the Senate Education Committee will be taken to the floor of the […]

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This legislative day was filled with debate and passage of a Hate Crimes Bill HB 426. The majority of the time discussing this bill took place in the Senate.  It ultimately passed the Senate then later the House. It has been sent to the Governor for his signature.  He plans to sign the bill. Senate Education […]

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We begin this week knowing we are headed toward the end of the session.  The budget for FY21 remains in the conference committee where the acknowledgement of a grinding process is staring everyone in the face.  The committee held its first meeting and they we will be back at it tomorrow with some recomendations from […]

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The House and Senate met today for day number 35.  A few education bills were passed: HB 957 Charter school employee bill that permits their participation in the State Helth Benefit Plan. (Passed) SB 430 College and Career Academies – allows Home study and private school students to access CCA courses if space is available. […]

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This may have been the most unusually chaotic one legislative day as a part of any session I have monitored in my 10 years of being involved in state politics for GSSA. It started innocently enough but began to build to a quiet crescendo as legislators held side conversations centered around the FY21 budget, adjournment […]

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