Two bills have been sent to the Governor that allow school districts flexibility in using funds after they have met the obligations of their intended purpose. This would allow school districts to fill in some gaps in educational programming.

Democrats warned that this should not be seen as a cure-all of the underfunding of our K-12 school system for the last seven years, but welcomed the local flexibility to school districts these bills will provide. Statewide, districts have millions of dollars in unspent balances, and in creating a flexibility account for schools, they could better meet the needs of students.

Talented and Gifted funds and at-risk programs would not contribute to the flexibility accounts, but could receive funds from the flexibility accounts. They also give more flexibility in preschool funds including the costs of programming being paid from the ending balance or from the flexibility account.