The House will be voting on a fiscal 2010 budget this week that includes money to pay for school nurses and limits health insurance cost increases for teachers.
Budget subcommittees are going over the budget Tuesday, and the panel for education approved a plan that includes $29 million needed to continue paying for school nurses. Gov. Sonny Perdue’s proposal for fiscal 2010, which begins July 1, had cut that funding.
The subcommittee also approved money to pay 10 percent bonuses to more than 2,500 teachers who have earned national certification. Many of the teachers have been receiving the bonus money for years. Perdue cut it out of his budget plan.
Perdue also has recommended health insurance cost increases for 100,000 state employees and more than 100,000 teachers. Essentially, the cost for health insurance would go from a state-employee split of 75 percent- 25 percent to 70 percent-30 percent. The change would cost employees hundreds of dollars more each year for health insurance.
The House subcommittee plan keeps the split at 75-25 for teachers.