HB 908 Passes the Senate

HB 908 Passes the Senate

Thursday, April 1st the Senate passed an amended version of HB 908 in a vote of 33 to 11.  The floor amendment to the bill struck language that would allow systems to decrease the school year by up to 10 days.  The bill still includes waiver language for expenditure controls, class size and class size averaging, and funding for additional days of instruction.  The House now has to agree to the changes in the bill made by the Senate.  If the House agrees, the measure will go to the Governor for his signature.

The version of the bill that passed the Senate yesterday is not yet available.  We will send you the Senate version as soon as it is available to us.

HB 923 Leadership Degree Salary Supplement

The Senate Education & Youth Committee passed HB 923 earlier this week. The legislation grandfathers in educators for a salary supplement who were enrolled in a leadership degree program by April 1, 2009 and complete the degrees as follows:

  1. Masters degree by July 1, 2012,
  2. Education Specialist degree by July 1, 2013, and
  3. PhD by July 1, 2014.

Going forward, the salary supplement will no longer be available to educators with leadership degrees unless they are employed in a leadership capacity.  This bill now goes to the Senate for a full vote.

2011 Budget

The House has yet to pass the 2011 budget over to the Senate. Legislators have been waiting on several tax measures intended to fill holes in the budget to pass both chambers before moving the budget. A House Appropriations Education Subcommittee meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 12th. We expect the subcommittee to pass the DOE budget during this meeting, with a full House Appropriations Committee vote for passage the same week.

What’s Next?

The General Assembly is now in recess until Monday, April 12th. Until then… Stay tuned!

Lasa Joiner and Michelle Crider

About Buffy J. Hamilton

I am a writing and Language Arts teacher who loves learning, literacy, stories, learning, dogs, poetry, fabulous shoes, and good lip gloss. I began my career as a high school English teacher in 1992 and then became a high school librarian and 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker before returning to the classroom in August 2016.

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