Legislative Day 27 saw SB 173 go down 28-23 on the Senate floor.  It was extremely close and only for the votes of some of our (7) Republicans and the Democrats voting as a block caused the voucher bill to be defeated.  But don’t think the fight is over.  The Senate filed a motion to have it reconsidered on the next legislative day which will be Thursday, March 7, 2019.  Which  happens to be crossover day.  How the Senators voted I want to thank many of you who contacted your Senators.   It truly made an impact. Those of you who have not called your Senators please make that call by Wednesday night.

Please reach out to your Senator that supported the defeat of SB 173.  You appreciation will go a long way.  I certainly am thankful for their response during the two hour debate.

HB 32 the CTO bill has been voted out of the House Education committee.  It will change how the Chief Turnaround Officer will be supervised and who the CTO will report to…..The State Superintendent and staff are the new supervisors. This makes much better sense.  The Governor will appoint the CTO (when needed) after consultation with the State School Superintendent.  These are all changes to the current structure of the operations of the CTO.

The next legislative day 28, is Thursday, March 7, 2019.  IT IS CROSSOVER DAY.

Again, to many of you I want to express my appreciation for your response to our alert on SB 173.  You can and do make a difference when you reach out to your legislators.  Well done.

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