Thursday, March 19, 2009

Teachers Emerge Victorious

Sen. Rebecca Rios, D-23
Assistant Democratic Leader

Today, Legislative Democrats stood up for teachers and said no to a bill that would give cover to Republicans who plan to make additional cuts to education.

"This bill is not an emergency and does nothing to protect teachers," Sen. Rebecca Rios, Assistant Democratic Leader. "The fact is that the only plan Republicans have produced regarding FY 2010 eliminates $900 million from education. This was an opportunity for them to show leadership and stand with Democrats in offering some reassurance that education funding will be preserved at least at current levels and they chose not to do that."

Both SB 1186 and HB 2630 failed to pass with an emergency clause that would have pushed teacher contracts renewal dates into mid-summer when school is out of session.

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