OFT Update - Legislative issues 5.5.17

House version of state budget bleak for education, public services with "SB 5" kicker

The state House Tuesday  OK'd a budget that could mean more cuts for k-12 public education - even when many districts are looking at state fund regressing to 2010 levels - underfunded higher education with an "SB 5" attack on faculty sick leave and the lowest support for children's services in the nation. Learn more.

State budget revisions eliminate externship plan

A requirement for teachers to do externships is gone and there's $80 million more for schools in amendments to the state budget but no news on graduation rates or evaluations as recommended by the Educator Standards Board on OTES. 

STRS eliminates COLA to protect pension

Faced with massive unfunded liabilities, the State Teachers Retirement Board in April voted to eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) starting July 1. Health care premiums for those covered by STRS are expected to increase as cost trends continue to go up. 

Trump's budget takes a meat cleaver to public education

The 2018 budget proposal "takes a meat cleaver to public education" and ignores promised investments in the types of skills, training and other vital family supports that Trump rode to the White House in 2016, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.