State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is asking legislators for an increase of $220 million in funding next year, despite a projected budget shortfall.
On Wednesday, Hofmeister made her case for the additional funds—saying they are essential to keep up with a growing student population and increased health care costs. She also says schools desperately need new textbooks, and new teachers need more professional development.
Hofmeister is also requesting, as an addendum, $280 million to provide every teacher in the state with three thousand dollar raises.
Legislators are hearing budget presentations from many state agencies in order to get background information for next year’s budget. Recent projections show the state will likely face an $800 million shortfall this year.