Well, I did call it. I knew Senator Tom wasn't the chicken crossing the road just to get to the other side.
The big news: The budget takes back the $73 million in cuts to education that Republicans originally proposed and adds a charter schools amendment, authorizing 10 charters in chronically underperforming school districts.
And maybe this was the thought all along. Give back money to education in return for charters. Keep in mind, the charters WILL cost money both to districts and to the state so it's not like all the money gets put back.
It also repeals I-728 and I-732. Wonder if LEV will say anything about that.
Update:What I found is this section of the budget:
$780,000 of the general fund--state appropriation for fiscal year 2013 is provided solely to implement Senate Bill No. 6202(establishing alternative forms of governance for certain public schools). The superintendent of public instruction will make funds available, via interagency agreement, to the office of the governor and the public employment relations commission as necessary to implement the bill. If the bill is not enacted by June 30, 2012, the amount provided in this subsection shall lapse.
Fairly terse but it is the full bill. I am curious about the last sentence because I have to wonder what could/would make this not happen by then.