Association of Metropolitan School Districts

Association of Metropolitan School Districts

Education News: February 25-March 2, 2012

The biggest news this week was the February Forecast and the announcement of a

$323 million surplus. Of the $323 million, the first $5 million will go to the budget reserve to bring it to its statutorily designated level of $653 million.  The remaining $318 million will go toward beginning to pay back the education aid payment shift. During a recent House Education Finance hearing, staff noted that the payment represents about 11% of the obligation owed to our schools.  Rep. Mindy Greiling further noted that if you include the special education cross-subsidy, currently about $700 million, the state’s obligation to school districts rises to $3.1 billion or $3,100 per pupil. At the legislature, two important AMSD bills, the extension of the use of prone restraint and a bill that would local districts set their own school calendar advanced.

 

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