With less than 24 hours until the legislative session deadline, the Supplemental Budget Conference Committee unveiled its proposed education agreement late Saturday night.
Voluntary pre-K, “Support Our Students” (counselors) and non-metro equity increases are the big winners.
MSBA’s Teacher Shortage Act had a significant presence throughout — the proposed agreement with student teachers in shortage areas receiving $2.8 million, loan forgiveness getting $2 million, and the “Grow Your Own” program receiving $5 million. “The Grow Your Own” program would help paraprofessionals (or others) obtain a bachelor’s degree and work in a school district in order to pursue a teaching career.
There were 29 provisions that were $1 million or less — and the majority of those are one-time appropriations. See a related story from Session Daily (“Supplemental budget coming together one piece at a time”) for more information: