The state House and Senate are getting closer to finishing the state budget, and some cuts educators feared look like they may come true.
On Wednesday, the House approved suspending teacher cost-of-living raises (Initiative 732) and much of the class size reduction funding (Initiative 728) for two years. The House also approved lifting the cap on college tuition increases, potentially allowing schools to raise tuition by 14 percent each of the next two school years. The current cap is 7 percent.
The Senate reached an agreement on Thursday on about $4 billion in cuts, but officials are not releasing details until they meet with House officials.
From everything I’ve seen, it sounds like the House and Senate will make Sunday’s deadline to have the budget finished. Once the budget is done, school districts will be able to figure out their allocation and how large the budget shortfalls will be.