The House Public Education Committee was briefed Wednesday on the final report from the School Finance Commission that met during the interim to develop recommendations for reforming the state’s education funding system. A school finance bill has not yet been filed in the House, but the legislation is expected to include many of the report’s recommendations. Among the more controversial proposals in the report are outcomes-based funding for school districts and performance pay for teachers, both of which would provide financial incentives/rewards based primarily on student achievement.

The Senate Property Tax Committee met for hours to hear public testimony on the proposal by Sen. Paul Bettencourt to restrict property tax growth to no more than 2.5 percent annually. Representatives of cities, counties and school districts lined up to testify, most of them in opposition based on concerns about the state strictly limiting their ability to raise funding locally.