Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Little Action as Legislators Study the Budget Bills

Members of each chamber are studying their budget bill in preparation for Thursday’s vote.

The Education Reform Subcommittee of the House Education Committee took up Senator Miller's SB 324, which would delay implementation of the A-F school grading program for three years, this morning.

President Gruber testified that delay is necessary because SOL reform will require a longer period of time to collect the necessary data.  Indeed, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Patricia Wright has asserted that three years are required to gather the data needed for the school growth indicators.  VASS, PTA and others joined President Gruber in supporting the three year delay in the Miller bill.

The subcommittee amended the bill to conform it to the one year delay called for in Delegate Landes' HB 1229. 

SB 324 will now go to the full Education Committee.