Remember the House sent the Senate a budget that was about $500 million out of balance? Well, this week the Senate Committee working on the budget did the cuts of that $500 million and they are not pretty.
Thursday the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to eliminate the entire $37.5 million for the Career Ladder program that the House of Representatives had approved for next year's state budget. The program provides about 18,000 teachers who perform extra duties with salary supplements ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 a year. The program provides extra funding for teachers who do extra work. The program provides after school tutoring services and a wide range of services directly to students.
The state splits the cost of Career Ladder with participating school districts. Because the state pays its share a year in arrears, money in next year's budget would reimburse districts for expenses incurred in the current school year. As a result, if Career Ladder funding isn't restored in the final budget, the districts won't be reimbursed. The Senate committee eliminated the program as part of its effort to balance the state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Since the funding is in arrears the teachers who have worked all this school year may not get paid. Each district will have to decide if it can pay the entire amount even if the State backs out. So you can see why both teachers and administrators are upset about this. Educators love this program because it provides such direct educational help to students and we can expect a huge outcry about this when people start understanding what is happening.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Burnett: Big uproar coming about Career Ladder cut
In his latest capitol report, Rep. John Burnett, D-Kansas City, says there will be an uproar over the Senate's decision to eliminate Career Ladder: