July 02, 2013
latest legislative session is finally over. After two special sessions, legislators signed a budget into law at
literally the eleventh hour, averting a government shutdown. Included in the new two-year state budget – a
nearly $1 billion dollar increase in education funding.
That may sound like quite a
lot, but many educational experts are saying it’s not close to enough. State Superintendent of Public
Instruction Randy Dorn said the bare minimum to show any progress in this biennium is $1.4 billion, with the
legislature allotting about $900 million over the next two years.
Dorn said he is
disappointed with the new budget, especially because it does not push the state towards its goal of fully funding
education by 2018.