Legislative Breakfast / Budget Hearings

LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST

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BUDGET HEARINGS

Please be reminded that there are two public hearings on the Superintendent’s proposed fiscal year 2017 budget this week. Both hearings begin at 6:00PM with the sign-up book being set out at 5:00PM for those who wish to give testimony. Dates and locations are indicated below.

1. Tuesday, January 5, 2016, in the Old Mill High School Auditorium. TAAAC President, Richard Benfer, will be giving testimony on behalf of the Association.

2. Thursday, January 7, 2016, in the Boardroom of the Parham Building.TAAAC Secretary Treasurer, Russell Leone, will be testifying on behalf of the Association.

The proposed budget holds quite a bit for which we can be appreciative; including funding for step increases, and funding for positions sufficient not just to stem the increase in student/teacher ratio, but to take the first step in a long time to begin to reduce it. The Budget in Brief can be reviewed (and referenced for preparing testimony) at: http://www.aacps.org/html/press/budget/17budget/2017bib.pdf 

Positive budget components notwithstanding, those of you who are considering providing testimony should not shy away from mentioning some items not contained. We have had steps frozen for five-and-a-half years of the past seven, but there is no “catch-up” money requested. There is no request for any across-the-board increase nor anything for our most experienced educators at the top of the pay columns.

Please plan on attending one or both of the hearings, either to give personal testimony or to support those testifying on your behalf.