A bill in committee aims to get schools extra funding to use for innovation and emergencies. House bill 1236 wants to provide schools with emergency and innovation funding. The bill calls for a more formal set up when it comes to extra funding for education. State funding would be set aside when there is extra money in the budget.
Representative Brian Gosch says that emergency funding could be used to hire a needed teacher for example. "If the school didn't have funding but had a need for another teacher, you could set up a fund like this or apply for funds to get that teacher's salary paid that first year, and hopefully have enough budgeted for the following year," said Gosch.
The bill has been referred to the Senate State Affairs. And though representative Jacqueline Sly co-sponsored the bill, she does not think it will be passed this legislative session.