Monday, January 26, 2009

It only took him six years…

Rep. Ross Hunter ran for the Legislature in 2002 in large part because he wanted to fix the state’s education funding system.

He’s almost there.

A bi-partisan group of legislators from the House and Senate came together today to talk about HB 1410 and SB 5444, two bills that, if enacted, would result in the most significant changes to our state’s education system since the 1970s.

The legislation follows on the heels of an 18-month effort by the Basic Education Funding Task Force on which House Democratic members Rep. Hunter and Rep. Pat Sullivan (who is prime sponsor of HB 1410) were members.

Niki Sullivan from TVW has a nice write-up of who said what and what the legislation will do. You can see the legislation for yourself here, or read an easy, four-page summary here. The bills will be heard this week in both chambers and you can expect a packed house of parents, students, teachers and education advocates.

While there are still a lot of people left to convince, apparently, Rep. Hunter’s and the group’s plans for our education system won over one youngster in the crowd who presented him with a portrait after the press conference titled “Ross Hunter, czar of the world.”