Thursday, February 23, 2006

Choice Compromise on the Move

The school choice compromise (Senate Bill 618) passed through the Senate Education Committee today. The four republicans voted for it. The three democrats voted against it. It passed the Assembly committee yesterday.

Senator Lurther Olson had raised concerns about the compromise initially, specifically related to the money for SAGE. He voted for the proposal today in committee. Have his concerns been addressed?

The $25 million for SAGE, which has nothing to do with choice, still bugs me.

The argument that raising the cap "saves" money is less persuasive since Doyle backed off the State's 2/3 commitment to public education. (See the bottom of page 5 of this Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo.)

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