Another key initiative of the proposed bill is the All Day Kindergarten provision. While Ido support children and families having that option, in a limited resource environment, I thinkour districts should have the flexibility to use these dollars for 3 and 4 year-old programming. Iwas pleased to see this included in the final version of the bill.There were provisions with which I did not agree. Chief among these was the buy down of $150million in school levies. In this approach, we spend $130m to buy out school district levies. Forexample you pay property taxes that go for safe schools money. We are proposing to loweryour property taxes by changing the formula. The levy, or tax, is substituted for state aid. I donot support this because again, in a limited resource environment, I think our dollars should go,in a targeted fashion, to where our needs are the greatest. Many homeowners have had theirproperty taxes go down due to value changes and the notion of lowering taxes and then payingfor that by raising additional revenue does not seem right to me. In addition, we are proposingto enact a new levy of $20m. This would be done on an equal and uniform basis. This is called a“Gen Ed levy”. We used to fund schools through this mechanism before the Ventura erachanged that. Some felt, in retrospect, that the Gen Ed levy was more stable and uniform. Byre-enacting it the proponents believe we are moving towards a more predictable and fairapproach. I have attempted to explain this in the simplest way possible. If you want moreinformation please let us know and we will provide it. It is not clear if the Senate proposal willprevail as the House does not include this. At this point, with all due respect for my colleagues, Iprefer the House approach.During the course of the eight-hour debate I voted for many amendments that I thoughtstrengthened the bill and against those I didn’t. Some prevailed and some did not. One of thebiggest policy changes is in the testing arena. Our proposal changes our testing from the MCA’sand the Grad to a standard ACT approach. I strongly prefer this as it better aligns our E-12system with the post-secondary system. Our students get feedback early about where they arein comparison to what is required for the next phase. This is a major change and I think willeliminate unnecessary irrelevant testing. In the end, I voted for the bill not because I agree withall of its’ direction and contents, but because it was the bill of consensus, directing ourresources and best intentions to our most treasured asset, our children. I will continue to workon this throughout the winding legislative process and will do what I can to shape it in waysthat deliver the highest quality return.