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Contact legislators on releasing GPA – May 3, 2018

Legislators Wednesday took no action on passing a bill that authorizes more than $1 billion in General Purpose Aid to begin flowing to districts in July, and plans to come back before the end of the fiscal year are at best unclear.

Still in limbo is L.D. 1869, An Act To Establish the Total Cost of Education and the State and Local Contributions to Education for Fiscal Year 2018-19, which essentially sets the minimum mill rate and authorizes state subsidy to go out to schools after the start of the new fiscal year on July 1.

If the Legislature fails to return and pass the bill, the Department of Education has determined there is an administrative solution to get the money out. The concern is the precedent it would set to have the Legislature cede authority for authorizing school funding to the executive branch.

School Board members and superintendents are urged to contact their legislators and ask them to convene a special session to pass this bill. Funding for public education should be in the hands of legislators who represent the taxpayers, parents, teachers and students in their districts. GPA should not be an executive branch decision.

A list of all House and Senate members and their contact information is available by clicking on this link: Your Legislator.

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