The story of Day 27 of the 2009 session on the House Floor was a story of four-day school weeks. HB242 (sponsored by Rep. Gayle Kingery) proposes allowing school districts to have four-day school weeks. Today’s action on HB242 was a house committee substitute, along with consideration of an amendment.

The amendment, offered by Rep. Margo McNeil of STL County, would have narrowed the field of districts which could hold four-day weeks to the districts accredited with distinction (which might be 60% of districts). That amendment made sense, and it was voted down 81-78. When the 2/24 journal is posted, we can all skim that roll call to see who voted how on that matter. The perfection passed 98-62, so it’s on to a third reading sometime soon.

The issue itself has it’s own complexities. Although I can’t help but asking later if there would be a benefit to limiting four-day weeks to the parts of the year with higher fuel prices. Also, it’d be a nice modification (from the Senate?) to allow for opting-in from districts where the school board and a majority of voters approved of such a change. Should be interesting to see how this bill is handled.

Later on that day was a hearing in the Appropriations in Education Committee where representatives from universities spoke. The Universities I saw during my time in there were Harris-Stowe, Lincoln, various MO Community colleges (North Central? other community colleges), and the University of Missouri.

The higher education issue appears to have a variety of factors, including funding, sources of funding, funding, funding, ways to replenish funding, funding, salaries, funding, and funding.

Basically, the money crunch and the economic woes are hanging over both elementary/secondary, and higher education. But that’s not exactly a stunning conclusion.

I got into the Capitol around 10:30ish, the House adjourned at 12:30. But the Capitol and General Assembly isn’t boring.

And there’s also icicles on the way to Jeff City.