LEGISLATIVE SESSION 2017
After a lengthy fiscal debate with the Governor, the legislature agreed to a compromise and approved the $29 billion budget nearly four days in advance of the June 19 deadline.
Highlights from the passed budget agreed with BESE’s proposed $3.7 billion MFP funding formula for K-12 schools. While the per-pupil base remains the same as previous years, additional monies were added for course choice programs, students with disabilities, and to assist school districts heavily impacted by last year’s flooding.
Despite this regular session being a fiscal session, the education committees had a packed schedule and more than 25 education bills were passed, none which were detrimental to charter schools and parental choice.
The Governor recently hinted that he might call a special legislative session in February and the regular legislative session begins March 12, 2018.