Congrats to Sherrie Dame (Polk) and David Joy (Highland), big winners of $25 Subway cards in the January Blog contest. Weber winners will be drawn at WEA's AR meeting Feb. 9.
The legislature quickly passed a package of bills Monday cutting public education by 1.5% for this year. Now they will concentrate on the really tough job of making a budget balance for the 2010 fiscal year. We hope that through more bonding and use of the rainy day fund the cuts will be closer to the Governor's budget (7.5%) than the Republican leadership's projected 15% cuts.
Be on the watch for a Sen. Buttars bill SB 48 which makes it easier for someone to become a teacher. According to his bill, to teach, a person would have to apply to the USOE, pass a criminal background check, have certain education or certification and demonstrate competency in their subject area by passing a test, completing coursework or demonstrating skills, talent and ability.
Thank your school counselor this week for all they do to help.