2019 Legislative Priorities

Mental Health

(RESOLUTION 7)      
Supports efforts to establish comprehensive community mental health systems to offer preventative and treatment services and comprehensive school mental health programs that include in-school access for students to mental health professionals and provisions for reimbursement by Medicaid and private insurers.

Supports additional ongoing teacher, administrator, and support staff training to improve the awareness and understanding of child emotional and mental health needs.

Supports incentives for workforce development for mental health professionals in schools.


Supports a school foundation formula that:

  • Provides sufficient and timely funding to meet education goals;
  • Equalizes per pupil funding;
  • Provides a funding mechanism for transportation costs that reduces the pressure on the general fund and addresses inequities between school districts;
  • Includes factors based on changes in demographics including socio-economic status, remedial programming, and enrollment challenges;
  • Reflects actual costs for special education services;
  • Incorporates categorical funding in the formula within three years; and
  • Includes a mix of property taxes and state aid.

    Supports setting supplemental state aid:

  • For FY 2020, by January 31, 2019;
  • For FY 2021 and future budget years, at least 14 months prior to the certification of the school’s district budgets; and
  • At a rate that sufficiently supports local districts’ efforts to plan, create and sustain world-class schools

    Supports a formula driven method for establishing the supplemental state aid growth rate if it is not set within the statutory requirements.


    Supports repeal of the December 31, 2029 sunset on the statewide penny sales tax for school infrastructure.

    Supports preserving the integrity of the statewide penny sales tax for school infrastructure including the tax equity provisions in the following manner:

  • No diversions or expansions of allowable uses;
  • Continued growth in the per pupil amount beyond the 2029 sunset date.

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