Members of the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee will prepare to spend more than $1 billion on Monday morning when they set the FY 15 Public Schools Budget. Though no specific information will be available until Monday, the IEA has been working with other stakeholders to make sure that several areas of the budget are…
Among the items being looked at by JFAC will be the Core Teacher Program, which provides professional development that leverages the expertise of teachers and mentors participants to enable them to bring best practices of professional development back to their local districts.
JFAC will weigh recommendations from the House and Senate Education Committees, the Governor’s office, the Department of Education and other stakeholders in determining how much will be spent on public education and where those funds will be allocated.
Approximately 100 protesters blocked entry to Senate committee meeting rooms Thursday afternoon forcing the cancellation of early afternoon Senate committee meetings and causing Senate Education Chair John Goedde (R-CDA) to delay the start of his committee meeting.
Typically at this time of the session, lawmakers and lobbyists rush to introduce legislation addressing a myriad of issues. Only a few House and Senate committees are authorized to introduce legislation this late in the session.
The IEA has historically supported all efforts to ensure that school districts utilize 100% of the funds they receive to hire teachers. Over the past few years, as school budgets have been cut and districts have struggled to access necessary funding, concerns about class sizes have escalated.