One House member, as he left the Capitol yesterday, shared his assessment that education had done well, as the $404.2 million for the rebenchmarking remained in the final budget. I guess it’s a matter of perspective, but we will still be running our schools on less than we had in 2009. Our average teacher salary is 37th in the nation, $7,456 behind the national average, and our state per-pupil funding for PreK-12 ranks 39th. We are the 10th wealthiest state in the nation, and our per-capita state and local taxes as a percent of personal income ranks 46th.
Senator Puckett’s resignation changed the balance of power in the Senate, and the Republicans reorganized the Senate last night. Click here to see the new Senate Committee assignments.