The Senate E-12 Finance Committee was the only education-related committee that met today and it covered six bills. Senator Gary Dahms had two bills before the committee: SF 1033, a bill that modifies the regional library support system, and SF 618, a bill that creates an agricultural educator grant program to help facilitate summer programs for students interested in agriculture by reimbursing agriculture teachers for providing summer programming. Senator Bill Weber's SF 1038, a bill that would increase the state reimbursement for every school lunch provided was also heard. SF 859, Senator Senjem's bill to create a grant program to the Girl Scout Valleys for the ConnectZ program, provided some compelling testimony from a number of young women who have been helped by the program. Senator Wiklund's SF 1356, which would provide a grant for the Works Museum--a museum that concentrates on providing support for STEM programs--was heard as well. Lastly, Chair Carla Nelson's SF 945 was heard and referred to the floor. That bill clarifies the calculation of general education revenue.
Senate (169 Bills Introduced Today!)
SF 1475-Pratt-Creates Financial Incentives for School Districts to Encourage MCA and MTAS Test Participation
SF 1534-Hall-Prohibits School Districts from Using Public Funds to Advocate, Pass, Elect, or Defeat a Political Candidate, Ballot Question, or Pending Legislation