Month: February 2018

RED ALERT: School Funding Rewrite Headed to Senate Floor

It’s now or never, friend! It’s time for moms, dads, and educators to stand up, speak out, and let our legislators know that we will not stand by while they devastate our public schools. HB 957, the bill that changes the school funding law to slash funding by $292-million or more, passed out of the education committee …

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Senate Version of HB 957 Indicates Additional Losses

The Senate version of HB 957 indicates that the intent of the Legislature is to withhold nearly $100-million in Career and Technical Education (CTE) funding that has historically been appropriated outside of the MAEP formula. This loss will be in addition to the dramatic loss of $292-million, also caused by HB 957, which we reported earlier. Though the Senate version of HB 957 …

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Senate Ed Committee Meets on School Funding Rewrite

Today the Senate Education Committee met with EdBuild representative Rebecca Sibilia to discuss HB 957. The bottom line is that the funding for school districts provided in HB 957 is even worse than an underfunded MAEP. Schools would be better off if the Legislature kept underfunding schools at the rate they have since 2012 than they would …

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Senate Leadership Evades Questions on School Funding Plan

In an afternoon meeting with EdBuild and senators, Senate Education Chairman Gray Tollison was evasive about a Senate version of HB 957, declining to answer senators’ questions about whether a Senate plan exists or what it might entail. It appears that the Senate leadership fears public scrutiny of their school funding proposal, even the scrutiny …

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House Bill 957 is a Threat to Public Schools

House bill 957 would eliminate the current school funding formula (MAEP) and create a new funding system that would, when fully implemented, provide public schools $292-million less than what the current formula is estimated to require. See how much your school district would lose here.  Additionally, the student-based emphasis in HB 957 would facilitate privatization of public schools, …

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