Kevin Richert and Blake Jones
The proposal would accomplish two things on Gov. Brad Little’s education to-do list: setting aside funding for school districts to join the state insurance plan, and phasing out a “leadership premium” program.
Legislative budget-writers spent two hours on the state superintendent’s K-12 budget request. Election-year politics — and a record-setting $1.9 billion surplus — will complicate their job.
One lawmaker looks to force the hand of the State Board of Education in adopting rewritten school standards. Two others try to reconfigure the procedures that follow trustee recalls.
The governor wants to use the money to bankroll his proposed teacher bonuses, a portion of educator salary raises and more.
The governor wants to eliminate the state’s $17.9 million leadership premium program, to help bankroll a $105 million plan to reduce school employees’ health insurance bills.
Lawmakers wrapped up a record-setting session Wednesday. In three days, they passed only one piece of legislation: a nonbinding memorial decrying the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates.
MORE INSIDE on how the rest of the morning unfolded. Legislative leaders hope to wrap up business by Wednesday following the unusual decision to reconvene in November.
A string of board shakeups are now on tap after a contentious election season. INSIDE: A list of statewide election-related results.