OASE Funding Coalition drafts legislative advocacy positions
The Steering Committee of the OASE School Funding Coalition today developed draft legislative advocacy positions for the 2009 legislative session.
The positions are:
1. Further shortfall for 2007-09 (currently projected at $300-600 million):
- We support filling the shortfall with the Education Stability Fund (ESF) and/or other funds available.
- If it is determined that K-12 will be given an additional, significant loss which will likely cause most districts to shorten the school year, we support temporary suspension of appropriate PECBA laws and time-and-attendance laws to assist districts.
- We support eliminating the reporting requirements for the SIF if there is a further loss of revenue for 2007-09.
2. Funding for 2009-11:
- We support state funding at a level that will be determined after the state’s revenue picture becomes clearer.
- We support flexibility in the use of federal funding so that districts can meet the needs of students.
- We support distribution from the ESF as early as possible to assure stability of funding.
3. New Graduation Requirements
- We support providing the additional funding necessary to assist
students in meeting the new diploma requirements (estimated at $250
million), or delaying the requirements.
4. Full Day Kindergarten
- We support delaying the implementation of full day kindergarten until adequate funding for program and facilities is available.
- We support phase-in of funding for the implementation of full day kindergarten by a date certain.
- We support extending the time for districts to be able to charge tuition for the extra half day of Kindergarten.
5. 2% Kicker
- We support legislation that would amend the law to better provide stability for education and other essential services.
6. New Revenues
- We support legislation that will generate new revenue to support education and other essential services.
7. School Facilities
- We support legislation that will identify and fund school
facility needs and possible revenue sources to meet the facility needs
The Funding Coalition directed COSA to develop an advocacy position related to online charter schools.
This is a working document. The Coalition welcomes comments and suggestions from COSA members.
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