Education legislation has been a topic of concentration at the State Capitol this session. With only a few days left, it's crunch time for many of the remaining bills and proposals.
Superintendent Bill Husfelt has been very involved in some of these important issues, one being teacher raises.
480 million dollars is allocated to performance-based teacher raises. Now the issue, according to Husfelt, is not to make the teachers wait another school year to see the money.
"I believe the issue now is what can we do to move it forward to where it can happen at the beginning of this school year coming up," says Husfelt. "That's what we're pulling for and that's what we've been talking to our legislators about and talking to the appropriate people in Tallahassee."
The performance-based pay increases will range between 2500 and 3500 dollars. In the current proposal, teachers would not get the raises until June of 2014.
Legislators have created a revision in the Education Conforming Bill to make sure that the teachers see these pay checks before that time.
Also in education legislation, the Parent Trigger Bill has been voted down for the second year in a row. The bill would allow parents to have more say in the fate of a consistently failing school. Husfelt says that he applauds the Senate for voting it down.
"I believe that's a good thing. The Parent Trigger Bill was removing the power and authority of school boards really. School boards are elected by the citizens to make those kind of decisions. And we believe the school boards need to be the ones to make those decisions," says Husfelt.
This legislative session is scheduled to end this Friday.