State Education Leaders Discuss 2017 Budget
State Superintendent Tommy Bice and state board members are discussing budget priorities that they’ll soon present to lawmakers for the 2017 fiscal year. Among the priorities is more money to get more teachers in classrooms. Bice said the executive budget office this week reported about $400 million more will be available for education in 2017 over the current year. About $336 million should go to K through 12 education. Lawmakers in September lowered the amount of money that would have to be set aside and unspent in the education budget under the Rolling Reserve Act, freeing up more for schools. Bice said the goal is to get as much money as possible to classrooms. Board members hope lawmakers will meet with them to discuss budget needs prior to the legislative session that begins in February.