At the risk of beating a dead horse, we just can’t let this one go. We’ve posted ad nauseum about the teacher testing provision as it has evolved in the budget bill starting with the Governor, moving through the House, changing in the Senate during the first set of amendments, and changing one last time before passing on the Senate floor.
In the last revision, a sentence was added to the end of section B:
No teacher shall be responsible for the cost of taking an examination under this division.
Nothing else. No mention anywhere else about who will be footing the bill for the $2.2 million cost of testing next year.
And apparently, nobody knows. In the LSC’s comparison document for the final Senate version of the bill you can find this simple statement:
Fiscal effect: Presumably, the schools and school districts will be responsible for the costs of the exams.
Well then, on behalf of those schools, I presume the Republican caucus will write the check. After all, they’re the only ones who voted for it.