“A puddle is generally small enough for an adult to step over, shallow enough to walk through and too small to traverse in a boat or raft. Puddles can be a source of fascination for children.” Wikipedia
Wipers swished in cadence across the windshield this morning as I drove child number three to school. We had to stop for gas en route and when I stepped out of the car my shoe made direct contact with an unforeseen puddle.
The legislative session came to a close this week with some major wins for Greater Minnesota education. The K-12 Omnibus Bill is packed with changes that will affect our school district. I’ve dissected some of the approved funding and provided the following highlights:
• 1.5 percent & 1.5 percent on the formula in FY ’14 and FY ’15
• All Day-Every Day Kindergarten funded in FY ’15 with K pupils weighted at 1.0
“Never put off ’till tomorrow what you can do today.” Thomas Jefferson
I’ve been meaning to write a column about procrastination – I just never got around to it. Besides, I’m not sure even Thomas Jefferson could abide by his own words 100 percent of the time. Most of us have succumbed to the sin of avoiding that which needs to be done at least once or twice.
House and Senate leadership and Governor Mark Dayton reached an agreement on a budget target that would erase the state’s projected $627 million budget deficit and raise $2 billion in new revenue. The agreement would increase spending and provide $400 million in property tax relief.
The newly agreed upon
E-12 budget target is $475 million, $75 million below the House initial target. To repay the $860 million owed to public schools from previous “shifts,” the plan calls for a temporary income tax surcharge on the state’s wealthiest residents.
I’ve been on the job for more than 21 years, without a day off for longevity, illness, endurance or good behavior. I’m not complaining. I wouldn’t want a day off. Not a whole day, anyway. Although I do appreciate 10 minutes under a hot shower within the solitary confines of my bathroom each morning.
If you’re a newbie to the profession, you might feel tired. Heck, I’m absolutely certain you are tired. Don’t worry. (There will be plenty of things to worry about during the next 18 years, believe me.) You’ll get used to the brain fog – even learn to use it to your advantage. Besides, sleep is over-rated. It’s one of the lessons motherhood has taught me.