Week six at the Capitol saw significant action on education related issues. Vouchers, public education related constitutional amendments, a bill that increases teacher salaries and another that seeks to streamline TESS were all considered by lawmakers. Also this week, the House passed a proposal to wrap up the legislative session on or before April 7. The deadline for lawmakers to file bills is March 6. As that deadline nears, we anticipate that hundreds of additional bills will be filed. The Senate recessed on Thursday and the House gaveled out on Friday.
The pace at the Capitol picked up this week as we rounded out week 5 of the 2017 legislative session. Legislative sessions must last a minimum of 60 days but are typically extended. This week, Governor Asa Hutchinson expressed his desire for an early end to this legislative session.
State Revenue $57 Million Below Forecast
Education Remains a Hot Topic at the Capitol
Here's the Latest on Education Issues
Here’s the Latest on Education Issues from the Capitol
We were pleased to spend last weekend Plugging-in and Powering up with AEA members from across Arkansas at our 2017 Legislative Conference. Thanks to everyone who participated and made it a huge successs.
PLUG-IN & POWER UP
AEA 2017 Legislative Conference
AEA members are invited to attend our upcoming Legislative Conference on January 14, 2017. 9:30-3pm
The conference will be held at the AEA building in Little Rock, 1500 W. 4th St.
(Little Rock, AR, November 17, 2016) We elect school board members to make sound decisions about students and schools.
You Raised Your Voice and You Were Heard!
Education Committee Recommends Increase in Teacher Pay, Increase in Special Education Funding and More
Last week, we alerted you to education funding proposals that were being considered at the Capitol. Many of you contacted lawmakers to express your concerns about teachers salaries and overall adequate resourcing of Arkansas public schools.