A move is afoot to defund public schools to the amount of $22 million. In a stealth maneuver, a last-minute amendment was offered to a technical bill dealing with special needs vouchers, AB 751. The amendment, clearly not germane to the bill, would change the school funding formula to strip away $22 million in revenue limit authority for those school districts with voucher students. This would be a devastating blow to our neighborhood public schools and the students they serve. Once the truth was revealed about the amendment and its impact, the Assembly Education Committee pulled back the bill on Thursday, but it will likely be resurrected soon.
In the waning days of the legislative session, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is seeking to change funding for public schools with voucher students that could cost school districts $22 million for the school year that begins in the fall. The Rochester Republican introduced the measure Wednesday and put it on a fast track.