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March19

SFAB reviews latest waiver process

The focus of the waiver process turns to general fund cash balance in 2018.   Last year, members of the School Finance Accountability Board acted on teacher compensation waivers and at their first meeting of the year (3/12), the board took a look at the general fund cash balance waiver process.   “I know that
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March07

Bill permitting Appropriators to act on waivers on to Gov.

A bill providing appropriators more options when it comes to acting on accountability waivers got through to the governor.   Senators passed an amended House Bill 1166, which provides the Joint or Interim Appropriations committee the power to approve, amend or deny teacher compensation waivers, on a 30-3 vote.   An amendment added on the Senate floor adds a step
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March04

Comm. amends C/O obligations bill

Changes came to a capital outlay obligations bill in committee.   Senate Education committee members unanimously approved an amended version of House Bill 1297, which revises certain provisions regarding capital outlay obligations.   Amendments made to HB 1297 permit districts to raise their C/O levy to a level necessary to cover their capital outlay obligations
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March01

Bill providing appropriators leeway on waivers reaches Senate floor

A bill providing appropriators more decision making ability on waivers is a step closer to law.   On a 6-3 vote, Senate appropriators approved House Bill 1166, which provides the Joint or Interim Appropriations committee the power to approve, amend or deny teacher compensation waivers.   Sen. Justin Cronin told committee members the bill came about following the past year’s
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February27

Two bills related to education on way to gov

Two bills related to education made their way to the governor’s desk on Tuesday (2-27).   House members passed Senate Bill 83, which authorizes certain patriotic societies access to public schools, on a 58-6 vote.   The bill permits representatives of a patriotic society, such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or other patriotic societies
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February20

Two bills aim to adjust funding accountability

Two bills aimed at adjusting school funding accountability cleared their committee hearings on Tuesday (2/20).   Senate Education committee members passed Senate Bill 213, which revises certain education funding provisions, on a 5-1 vote. The bill was initially introduced as a vehicle bill.   SB 213 would tie a teacher compensation increase for the next
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February12

Committee rejects policy mandate bill

School boards will continue to have control over facilities policy.   House Bill 1296, which requires each school board to establish a policy on the use of certain school district facilities by transgender persons, fell on a 11-1 vote by the House Judiciary committee on Monday (2/12).   ASBSD opposed the bill.   “The issue
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February05

Two bills trek towards the Senate

Two bills trekked across the Capitol building hall towards the Senate this week.   House Bill 1221, which expands the partners in education tax credit program, passed the House Education committee on a 13-0 vote and the House on a 62-5 vote.   Sen. Kevin Killer said the addition would make one new school eligible
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January29

Two different actions on ed. bills on Chamber floors

The Capitol’s Chamber floors saw two different actions on education related bills on Tuesday (1/30).   Representatives passed House Bill 1045, which transfers $7.2 million to the general fund to support state aid to education in Fiscal Year 2018, on a 66-1 vote.   The bill is not in its final form and will be adjusted
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January26

Approps comm. approves bill related to current fiscal year budget

A bill revising funding for the current school year passed out of committee on Thursday (1/25).   Joint Appropriators passed House Bill 1045, which transfers $7.2 million to the general fund to support state aid to education in Fiscal Year 2018, on a unanimous vote.   The revision in funding will cover increases in state
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