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Department of Ed Asks for More Money

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News.
December 15, 2011

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The State Board of Education gives approval for a nearly $2.5 billion dollar request for the upcoming legislative session.

The budget approved by the board asks for nearly $158 million more, which includes $100 million cut by lawmakers last year.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi says this takes the agency back to the Fiscal Year 2011 figures in an attempt to help teachers and support staff.

“Approximately 30% of this overall budget request is for teachers’ benefits and certified and support personnel, 30% that’s called the flex benefit allowance.”

The budget also restores $12 million to reinstate the bonuses for National Board Certified Teachers and fully fund teachers’ retirement.

$1.6 million was also requested for Achieving Classroom Excellence remediation.

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