Ambitious Legislative Agendas Move Ahead
School spending, pre-K among dominant issues for many state lawmakers.
Months after laying out plans for new education programs and more money for public schools, policymakers in several states have begun to deliver during their 2007 legislative sessions, passing bills to expand prekindergarten, improve children’s health care, and raise high school graduation requirements.
With most states now past the midway points of their legislative sessions—and 19 scheduled to wrap up by the end of this month—two already have enacted record-setting school funding increases. The Mississippi and New York legislatures each passed a budget boosting K-12 spending by 9 percent for 2007-08.
But other education initiatives, including teacher merit pay and vaccination of preteens for human papillomavirus, or HPV, have received a more mixed reception. As the legislative calendar begins to run out, this is the time when the grand proposals touted earlier in the year intersect with the politics...
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