The Senate is trying to salvage some form of school finance reform from this week's special session wreckage, with Sen. Florence Shapiro doing the heavy lifting.
Action planned Monday Late Thursday, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Senate Education Chairwoman Florence Shapiro announced that a revised education bill will be heard by the committee Monday.
The measure was rewritten to meet the objections of school superintendents and other educators whom they blamed for thwarting the Legislature's progress.
Two provisions removed Shapiro said the new Senate education bill would delete two provisions that had been particularly objectionable to superintendents — a uniform school start date after Labor Day and November elections for school board members.
She said the bill, like previous proposals, would include a teacher pay raise, more oversight of charter schools and increased accountability standards. She said it would include the same amount of new money — almost $3 billion in the next two years — for the public schools but that superintendents would be given more "discretion" in how some of the money was spent.
In related reading, this DMN article gives a good overview of how the opposition to HB2 eventually succeeded. As Eye on Williamson notes, maybe having a special session on school finances during the summer when all the superintendants and teachers have more free time on their hands wasn't such a hot idea after all.Posted by Charles Kuffner on July 29, 2005 to Budget ballyhoo | TrackBack