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February13

Tabled, passed and deferred

It went in that order this morning during the House Education committee’s meeting, which featured four important bills for K-12 education.   1200 Tabled   Rep. Lance Russell (30), sponsor of House Bill 1200, asked committee members to table the bill, which would have required school boards to hold a public hearing on any proposed
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February13

Tabled, passed and deferred

It went in that order this morning during the House Education committee’s meeting, which featured four important bills for K-12 education.   1200 Tabled   Rep. Lance Russell (30), sponsor of House Bill 1200, asked committee members to table the bill, which would have required school boards to hold a public hearing on any proposed
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February12

Talking Tax Credit

After an unscheduled day off yesterday, legislators get back to it this morning with a hearing for a controversial bill related to school funding on the agenda   House Bill 1173 would establish a property tax credit program for any property owner whose child, or children, are enrolled in nonpublic school or other education program,
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February12

Funding at the forefront

Wednesday marks a big day in Senate Appropriations, both literally and figuratively. Committee members have 16 bills on the docket, including six bill hearings and two that could be acted on related to K-12 education funding.   Here’s a breakdown of the bills:   Senate Bill 28: The vehicle for an increase to property tax
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February12

Tax Credit Tabled

In an unexpectedly welcome way, a bill that would have essentially subsidized private or home schooled education went down in committee, by its proverbial “own hand” nonetheless.   House Bill 1173 sponsor Rep. Don Kopp (35) requested the House Taxation committee table the bill citing plans to reintroduce a different version of the proposed legislation
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February12

Extension and Innovation

Capital Outlay sunset date extended   Senate Education committee members stretched the provision allowing school districts to use capital outlay funds for certain insurance, energy, utilities and motor fuel costs at Tuesday’s meeting.   The committee voted 7-0 to extend the sunset date to 2018 as part of Senate Bill 194. The provision, introduced in
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February08

News and Notes from Thursday

Action on TFA bill deferred   Action on Senate Bill 188, which would provide $500,000 in funding, taken from the general fund, for the Teach for America grant program, was deferred at Thursday’s Senate Appropriations meeting.   The TFA grant program would recruit teachers to and place them in school districts with high numbers of
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February08

Senate Ed. acts on three bills

Continuing contract bill discontinued   By a single vote (4-3), the Senate Education committee deferred to the 41st day a bill that allowed school districts to opt out of continuing contract requirements for teachers and establish contract provisions for the teachers the district employs that are in the best interest of the school district.  
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February08

ASBSD Weekly Legislative Roundup

The fifth week of legislative session was littered with a variety bills for K-12 education (check past week’s posts) with a hearing on a bill that would adjust special education funding concluding the week.   Senate Bill 15 calls for the adjustment of the tax levy for special education to be raised to $1.53 per
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February07

News and notes from Wednesday

Remediation bill reconsidered   In a surprise move that opened up this morning’s (Wednesday) House Education committee meeting, Rep. Scott Ecklund asked for reconsideration of an amended version of House Bill 1166 and members obliged.   At Monday’s (Feb. 4) committee meeting, members deferred HB 1166, which would reward teachers in school districts with bonuses based
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