February 7 Legislative Update: Good News for GALILEO and What’s Next

The House Appropriations Education Subcommittee members voted to reinstate the funding for GALILEO in the FY 2011 supplemental budget. This means the subcommittee will recommend funding GALILEO to the full House Appropriations Committee.

What’s next for GALILEO funding in the FY 2011 supplemental budget?

  • The House Appropriations Committee will vote on the FY11 budget on Wednesday, February 9th.
  • The House will vote on the FY11 budget – date TBD.
  • The FY 11 budget then moves to the Senate for action.  The Senate Appropriations Education Subcommittee has already started discussions on the FY11 budget.


1.  Please take a moment to thank the members of the House Appropriations Education Subcommittee for their recommendation to reinstate the GALILEO funds.  You can remind them you would like their support of GALILEO funding again in the FY 2012 budget.

Rep. Tom Dickson, Chair – EMAIL
Rep. Rick Austin, Secretary – EMAIL
Rep. Amos Amerson – EMAIL
Rep. Kathy Ashe – EMAIL
Rep. Amy Carter – EMAIL
Rep. David Casas – EMAIL
Rep. Brooks Coleman – EMAIL
Rep. Jan Jones – EMAIL
Rep. Margaret Kaiser – EMAIL
Rep. Howard Maxwell – EMAIL
Rep. Jay Neal – EMAIL

2.  Email members of the House Appropriations Committee requesting they adopt the Education Subcommittee recommendation to reinstate GALILEO funding in the FY11 budget.  Committee members can be found HERE.  For a list of House email addresses, click HERE.  The Chair of the committee is Rep. Terry England – EMAIL

3.  Continue to reach out to the Senate members.  Encourage them to reinstate GALILEO funds in the FY11 and FY12 budgets.  Don’t forget to send student examples!

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

We will let you know the outcome of the House Appropriations Committee vote on the FY11 budget later this week.  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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