Budget Plans Question Value of Incentives and Testing

In budget proposals that the House and Senate released this week, legislative leaders signaled their priorities as much by what they funded as by what they didn’t.

Neither budget offers new funding for controversial economic incentive programs run out of the governor’s office.

The draft House budget does not include any money for standardized testing in schools, while the Senate budget appropriates $98.4 million for student assessment programs.

A House official who briefed reporters Tuesday said both moves were done out of an acknowledgment that many lawmakers have concerns about both the state’s approach to student testing and the incentive ...

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