Te Governor’s budget suspends Initiative 732
cost-o-living salary increases or K-12 and certain highereducation employees. While current salary reductions are restored or the 2013–15 biennium, the economicrecovery has not progressed suciently or the state to provide salary increases next biennium in addition toother essential K-12 enhancements.
($360.3 million GF-S)
Te Governor is proposing a 12.3 percent increase
in the K-12 budget over the current biennium,including $1 billion to continue phasing in the state’s HB 2776 commitment to basic education. TeGovernor’s budget prioritizes K-12 enhancements or 2013–15 to those areas with the greatest potential toimprove student achievement.
Basic education unding enhancements:
Reduce class sizes
in grades K-2 rom 24 students to 20 students in high-poverty schools. Te impactso early learning and ull-day kindergarten are strengthened and reinorced by smaller class sizes in theearly grades. Under HB 2776, all schools will be unded or K-3 class sizes o 17 students by 2018.
($193.0 million Education Legacy Trust Account)
Continue the phase-in
o ull-day kindergarten programs. Building rom increases in state unding orpreschools, ull-day kindergarten is expanded to all public schools where more than 50 percent o thestudent population is eligible or ree or reduced price lunch. Currently, only 44 percent o such schoolsare unded. Under HB 2776, all schools will receive state unding or ull-day kindergarten by 2018.
($121.0 million Education Legacy Trust Account)
Improve instructional practice
through improved teacher and principal evaluations. Te state hasadopted a new system to more efectively evaluate teachers and principals. Te greatest promise o thenew system lies in the ongoing eforts o teachers working with their principals to continually improveinstruction based on the results o efective evaluations and use o strategies targeted to the needs o eachteacher’s students.
Provide one-time training unds next school year to ensure all teachers have an understanding o the new evaluation system criteria and procedures and how these can improve their practice. Beginning in the2014–15 school year, this unding will be used or ongoing proessional development in schools and or othermaintenance, supply and operating costs the state has committed to und.
($24.0 million Education Legacy Trust Account)
Increase unding or school principals to provide more time or them to work as instructional leaders andacilitators in their buildings. Administrators will conduct detailed teacher perormance reviews and guideimprovement programs to hone best teaching and learning practices in the classroom.
($55.0 million Education LegacyTrust Account)
Increase unding or maintenance, supplies and operating costs.
Fund 100 percent o the unding ormula enhancement or proessional development, curricula and textbooks.
($162.0 million Education Legacy Trust Account)
Fund 20 percent o the unding ormula enhancement in scal year 2014 and 25 percent o the enhancementin scal year 2015 or utilities and insurance, acilities maintenance, technology, security and central ocecosts, and other supplies and library materials. Under HB 2776, nal phase-in o all unding components o maintenance, supplies and operating costs will be completed by 2016.
($239.0 million Education Legacy Trust Account)
Fund 100 percent o the state’s new pupil transportation unding ormula,
beginning next schoolyear — one year ahead o the HB 2776 schedule.
($209.0 million Education Legacy Trust Account)