Actually, the Senate budget requires districts to provide those instructional days, but it does not fund them.
State funding comes through the SEEK formula as “Base” and “Tier I” funding. Here’s how the Senate numbers are lower than the House ones:
The Senate version cuts every single other P-12 line item. Beyond the reductions to SEEK above, the Senate provides $14 million less for FY 2011 and $55.7 million less for FY 2012 in those other programs.
The Senate version also gives districts special permission to cut costs in ways that are not usually allowed by law, including:
- Hiring preschool teachers do not meet current certification requirements.
- Eliminating kindergarten aides.
- Raising class sizes above the current legal limits
- Using money set aside for capital improvements (for example, buildings and renovations) for current expenses instead.
I'll share more on the other cuts later in the day....