It was a bit anticlimactic in appropriations on Thursday, so far as school funding was concerned.
Members of the Joint Appropriations committee met for a little over an hour and covered just over a 1/3 of the funding amendments submitted for Senate Bill 187, which is the general fund bill for Fiscal Year 2015.
None of the amendments covered, however, dealt with funding K-12 schools.
The Joint Appropriations committee is scheduled to return at 8:30 a.m. on Friday to complete the list of amendments, which contain three proposals to provide more than the three percent increase to state aid proposed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard for the 2014-15 school year.
Proposed amendments include providing a four percent increase to the per-student allocation, a five percent increase to the PSA or the .87 percent increase, setting the PSA at its pre-cut highpoint of $4,805, which ASBSD has advocated for throughout session.
The current proposal of three percent would set the PSA at $4,764. State law requires an increase in funding of three percent or the change in CPI-W, whichever is less, and the CPI-W change came in at 1.6 percent this year.
“Right now, three percent is on the board,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said. “Our goal has been $4,805 and there’s been theme of doing more for schools during this session. What else, if anything, could be added remains to be seen tomorrow (Friday).”
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