New GLMA Legislative Alerts and Updates
State budget woes continue to impact the underlying theme of legislation, including newly introduced House Bill (HB) 172 by House Education Chairman Rep. Brooks Coleman (R-Duluth).
HB 172 extends the flexibility legislation that allows local systems to waive expenditure controls on media center costs, professional development, and costs related to direct instruction through the 2014-2015 school year. This bill also extends the maximum school size waivers and deadline for tendering teacher contracts to May 15th through the 2014-2015 school year. This bill has not yet been assigned to a committee, but we presume it will be assigned to the House Education Committee next week. Committee members can be found HERE.
The House Appropriations Committee continues to work on the FY 2011 supplemental budget. The committee is scheduled to meet next Wednesday, February 9th to pass the budget, which will then move to the full House for a vote.
The Senate Appropriations Education Subcommittee met this week to discuss the FY 11 budget, and will schedule additional meetings in the coming weeks to discuss both the FY 11 and FY 12 budgets.
Continue to encourage House and Senate Appropriations Education Committee members to keep funds in place for GALILEO in the FY 11 supplemental and FY 12 budgets. Again, focus your message on how students use and benefit from GALILEO and why it cannot be replaced by search engines like Google and GoodSearch. Encourage your colleagues and students parents to contact legislators on the issue, too.
Senate Appropriations Education Subcommittee Members
Sen. Bill Heath, Chair – EMAIL
Sen. Tommie Williams, Vice Chair – EMAIL
Sen. John Bulloch – EMAIL
Sen. Jack Murphy – EMAIL
Sen. Chip Rogers – EMAIL
Sen. Horacena Tate – EMAIL
Sen. Jack Hill, Senate Appropriations Chair – EMAIL
Sen. Fran Millar, Senate Education Chair – EMAIL
Rep. Terry England, House Appropriations Chair – EMAIL
Until next week, stay tuned…