Friday, March 7, 2008

Funding 'roll-in' bill survives funnel week

A bill to roll funding for teacher compensation, class size reduction, Phase II, and professional development into the school aid formula has survived the first funnel date -- the Legislature’s self-imposed deadline for bills to remain alive for the session. SSB 3187 was passed out of the Senate Education Committee earlier this week and is now awaiting action by the full Senate. The ISEA-initiated bill is necessary in order to protect these programs from budget cuts and to provide future growth to keep pace with inflation.