The final days of the 88th legislative session entailed a lot of listening and waiting as members of the House and Senate passed or tabled a variety of bills, but the end result proved worth it.
School districts will receive a three percent increase – the first full increase in four years – raising the per-student allocation to $4,626 for the 2013-14 school year.
In addition, the legislature approved $5.8 million in one-time funds be appropriated to schools for FY13. The one-time appropriation equates to $45 per student.
“We have to walk away from legislative session very pleased with the work of our legislators,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said. “K-12 schools are going to get three percent, one-time money on top of that and the conversation to improve the ongoing funding source for schools was very positive.”