A bill providing appropriators more decision making ability on waivers is a step closer to law.
Sen. Justin Cronin told committee members the bill came about following the past year’s waiver process during which time members of the School Finance Accountability Board granted full or partial waivers to districts who did not meet the teacher pay requirements established in 2016’s funding formula change.
“We did not give this accountability board the direction or the full intent that we should have,” Sen. Cronin said, adding that, among other reasons, declining enrollment left school district who did not meet the accountability requirement in a bind.
“There were some things in there that caused some problems for some schools.”
Appropriators did not have the opportunity in the law to change the waivers to account for these circumstances, thus leaving them in a situation where they could only approve the decisions passed on to them.
ASBSD supports the bill.
Sen. Cronin assured the committee the bill would not make appropriators a “second finance accountability board” but rather afford them the opportunity to “make a decision as a legislative body as to what our intent really was.”
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