The Legislature returned to Jackson yesterday and wrapped up their work for the 2020 Legislative Session, including passage of SB 3057, which affects public schools. The bill clarifies legislative intent regarding the use of CARES Act funds to purchase licenses for wifi hot spots for students who do not have access to internet service, one of several options to ensure that every student has the connectivity required for distance learning. The language will help to ensure that school districts don’t run afoul of a clause in the State Constitution prohibiting the use of state funds for donations.
The House and Senate have adjourned Sine Die, so while committees may continue to meet, the full chambers won’t be back until January – unless a special session is required for some reason.
We had a great crowd last night for the first REAL TALK virtual speaker series gathering! You won’t want to miss the next two on October 8 and October 15, when we’ll have more REAL TALK about public education from our legislative leaders who have the greatest influence on legislation that affects our public schools. They’ll bring us up to speed on the marathon 2020 session and tell us what to expect for 2021. And they’ll take questions from you! If you haven’t registered, you can do that today. One registration covers all three events, so if you registered for the first session, you’re good to go.
Register now and join us on Zoom the next two Thursdays.