Commissioner Cassellius met with Region 2 Superintendents today in Mankato. She highlighted various legislative priorities. To date, her main concern is the issue of sequestration. As it stands sequestration would impact our district budget by a 5% reduction to all federal funding sources. Special Education and Title will be directly impacted. If sequestration comes to fruition, our most needy students will have opportunities taken from them. I encourage you to contact your local legislatures and discourage them from using sequestration as a way to balance the budget if you are so inclined.
Commissioner Cassellius also highlighted other state legislative action:
- Increase to kindergarten funding
- $22/per pupil unit funding for teacher evaluation
- Equalization aid
- Creation of regional centers
- Literacy aid change
The morning was full of rich information. It appears that legislative action at the state level could bring positive changes to education. Only time will tell...