Sunday, April 12, 2015

Social and Emotional Learning Marches Forward, Breakfast after the Bell Hits Snag

For the second year in a row, legislation mandating schools in high poverty areas to offer a healthy breakfast to hungry children has stalled in the legislature.  Last year, the bill came very close, but was unable to make the final hurdle.  The same thing happened again this year, only this time, the House and Governor's budget actually funded the issue in a line item only to have the Senate version fall short. 

Although it appears to have bipartisan support in the Senate, the line item did not appear in the Senate version of the budget and the bill died in the Senate Education Committee.  The PTA will continue to push for the bill, especially if we go into legislative overtime due to the budget.

The outlook for Social and Emotional Learning is brighter, having been funded in all three budgets and the bill continuing to move forward in the House.  It will need to be passed off the floor of the House this week in order to stay alive in the process.  However, the bill is determined to be necessary to implement the budget and may be exempt from cut-off rules.  We may still need your help, so watch your inbox for a possible action alert mid-week.  

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