Two bills, two actions in appropriations on Thursday (2/8).
ASBSD supported the bill.
“This gives (the committee) some flexibility to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on some pieces,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said.
Testifying in favor of the bill, Sen. Justin Cronin, who sat on the appropriations committee that reviewed the waivers, noted how “declining enrollment” among districts who applied for waivers resulted in complicated decisions.
“We were making them spend money they didn’t have, with money they didn’t get,” Sen. Cronin said. “We could’ve addressed some of the issues.”
House Bill 1314, which permits school districts to use two-year averaging when calculating enrollment for state aid purposes with the greater of the two figures being utilized, will not be headed to House floor, however.
With HB 1314’s demise, the discussion on adding two-year averaging to the state aid calculation for next year appears finished as House Bill 1135 was defeated by the House Appropriations committee last week.