Members of the District 196 Legislative Advisory Council (LAC) presented the district’s 2021 priorities for education funding, flexibility and fairness during a legislative forum event February 24. Twelve of the 14 state legislators who represent parts of District 196 attended the event, which was held via Zoom.
The forum was conducted in place of the LAC’s annual District 196 Day at the Capitol, which typically involves in-person meetings with individual legislators.
Superintendent Mary Kreger opened the forum with a presentation highlighting the district’s focus this year on making sea change in the areas of safety, equity and achievement while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, social injustice and unacceptable achievement gaps. Three high school students who are members of the LAC told legislators about their experiences during this very unusual school year.
Three other LAC members presented the district’s legislative priorities for:
- Stable and predictable funding for E-12 education;
- Fewer mandates and greater flexibility for local decision-making, and
- Fairness in providing for an equitable education for all students and fully equalizing funding for taxpayers regardless of where they live or the commercial/industrial property wealth in their school district.
The LAC consists of 26 members, including students, parents, citizens, staff and School Board members. The council has existed since 2012 with a purpose is to enhance community understanding of legislative proposals that impact District 196 and to promote citizen involvement in the legislative process.