After months of debate the House managed to crowbar through the latest bill in the continuing saga of the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) on a 56-54 vote. The bill would expand the EAA well beyond its current 15 schools to an eventual cap of 50 schools. The Senate K-12 Appropriations subcommittee was the first out of the gate when it reported its proposed 2014-15 School Aid Budget on Wednesday morning.
On Wednesday, the Senate K-12 budget subcommittee reported out their recommendation for the 2014-15 School Aid budget. The cornerstone of the budget was a move to pull money out of categorical line items like performance funding grants and best practices grants and instead put the funding into the foundation allowance. Unfortunately, though not unexpectedly, the Senate also eliminated funding for some key provisions in the Governor's budget.
The House Education Committee voted Wednesday on a package of bills that would encourage, though not require, schools to provide additional instruction in civics and early U.S. history, particularly certain founding documents. They also began debate on a bill that would put in place new and overly burdensome physical education requirements.
The House K-12 budget subcommittee took testimony on Tuesday about the state's next student assessment and also heard from a number of groups in support of funding for educator evaluations. The Senate Education Committee also got into the action, taking testimony from NWEA on interim assessments and, unfortunately, passing a bill to delay educator evaluation timelines currently in law.
MASSP is currently seeking nominations for open positions on the 2014-15 Board of Directors. Currently, there are seven open seats available to serve a three-year term each: Region 8 Representative, Region 9 Representative, Region 11 Representative, Region 12 Representative, AP East Representative, ML Central Representative and President-Elect. Are you interested in serving your Association? Then read on for more nomination information and due dates.