Cutting to the chase (cliche alert), consider the telling (tell-tale?) points made by the four legislators at Julian Oct. 9, for not quite a closing to this tale of citizen involvement. (For Part One of the tale, go here. For Part two, here.)
Funding of state mandates: Depends on how you define mandate, said Sen. Lightford, a champion of compulsory schooling (and incidentally a mocker of home schooling). Compelling attendance raises cost of kindergarten, for instance. “It became very popular” to raise such costs as unfunded. She’s “lukewarm” about the problem, likes a “happy-medium” solution, she said.
Sen. Harmon draws the line at “significant” added costs, he said. Not wanting to put the questioner — one of three from CLAIM — “on the spot,” he asked for examples. She turned to ask the superintendent, who may have stepped out and in any case was not…
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