Small Steps for School Funding, but with Censorship Concerns
The House chamber also passed two bills related to teacher compensation and school funding. HB 11 increases teacher pay according to a new salary schedule and extends public pre-kindergarten and childcare eligibility to teachers’ children.
HB 100 also includes adjustments to teacher compensation and makes changes to school funding formulas. The bill increases the basic allotment by $90 to $6,250 per student and institutes an adjustment for inflation.
The compensatory allotment weights are slightly increased, and several allotments are revised to be based on enrollment instead of attendance, which would generate more funding toward those program areas.
These include: the bilingual education allotment, special education services, career and technical education, the early education allotment, and several others. New allotments include a fine arts allotment and a book safety allotment that allocates $3 per enrolled student to pay for books and materials that meet state library standards. This unfornuately funds potential school censorship of library books.