Funding

Legislature Finalizes School Funding, Adjourns Sine Die

The House and Senate have decided the final budget for the state and adjourned the 2022 Legislative Session. This session had some big wins and plenty of disappointments, but be assured that your voice made a big difference. The Good News: Funding for public schools pre-k through grade 12 increased for FY2023 by $326-million, or 7% overall, …

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State Budget Almost Finished

The House and Senate worked late into the evening on state budget bills, but some remain unresolved. The public school funding bill passed both chambers, and we are analyzing those numbers for you now.  We will have the details for you tomorrow, so stay tuned. Together, we’ve got this!

Legislature Misses Budget Deadline Again

We won’t have a public school budget bill this weekend. The Legislative leadership acknowledged today that they would not meet the extended deadline for adoption of appropriations and revenue bills. They have extended that deadline once again, this time to April 10, although they are expected to complete the budget bills early next week. Thank …

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Teacher Pay Raise and Vouchers-for-all

Gov. Reeves has signed HB 530, the teacher pay raise bill, which makes it official! The salaries of certified teachers will increase by an average of $5,140 and teacher assistants will get a $2,000 pay raise, effective July 1. This is well-deserved good news for our hard-working teachers and assistants! Unfortunately, that’s all the good news …

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Vouchers Hidden in Conference Report – Need Calls!

This morning, we have discovered vouchers hidden in a conference report for an unrelated bill. Worse, the changes in statute are NOT underlined, something that is required to alert legislators to changes in law that are being proposed. HB 1685, a pregnancy resources bill, includes a $2-million increase in an already large tax credit/voucher program, the true …

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Legislature Misses School Funding Deadline, Passes Tax Cuts

The Legislature missed tonight’s deadline for a final vote on appropriations bills, and they are expected to extend the session in order to get their work done. We are still waiting for a conference report on the PreK-12 school funding bill. Meanwhile, the Legislature has passed sweeping income tax cuts that will strip $524-million from the …

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This Will Make You Angry – and It Should

How many times have our legislators told us that they value our children, teachers, and public schools, and that they always keep our best interests top of mind when deciding state budget issues? Their actions tell a different story… While public school underfunding has escalated, school buildings have deteriorated, special education resources have fallen short, and …

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