Wednesday afternoon Dr. Patti Harrington, USOE Supt. of Public Instruction, presented budget balancing scenarios to the Public Education Appropriations Subcommitee. This committee will make recommendations to the legislature on how the public ed budget will be funded. Of course our preferred scenario includes using rainy day funds (possible $520 million) and Federal stimulus funds (the bill has passed through the Conference and will head for a vote in the U.S. Senate and House, hopefully reaching the President's desk Monday) possibly as high as $307 million for Higher and Public Ed. Also this scenario could allow districts to use reserves and lift restrictions on capital and maintenance money. All other scenarios would affect personnel and programs.
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