The House budget includes a provision (See Section 29.16a of House Budget Bill ) which makes the State Board of Education – not local boards of education – responsible for administering policy on how furloughs are handled (See article) . The bill also includes nine provisions (Section 29.16 (f)) that detail which employees can be furloughed, how the process is to be administered and how savings can be expended.
Brian Holloway (R-Rockingham, Stokes) Co-chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, says there is a need for school districts to follow the same procedures when laying off employees. That may be true, but there are ways to do so without further tying the hands of local school districts.
Weren’t Republicans supposed to be in favor of local control?