Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lactation Support Bill Reported Unanimously, Tebow Bill Killed, Are We Still Behind?

Delegate McClellan's HB 720, the Lactation Support bill, was reported unanimously by the full Senate Committee on Education and Health this morning.  It now heads to the full Senate where it will be placed on the uncontested calendar.

HB 63, Delegate Rob Bell's bill to allow home-schooled students to participate in public school interscholastic programs, was Passed by Indefinitely (PBI) on a 9 to 6 party-line vote.

Where do we stand with the House and Senate budgets?  In 2009 the state was providing $5274 per pupil.  We are slowly making our way back, but at this rate it will take forever.  For FY2015 the House proposes $5037 per pupil, and the Senate proposes $5063.  We are still behind the 2009 funding level.