The bill faced incredible odds. House Public Education Chair Jimmie Don Aycock, would have had to find enough votes, debated dozens of amendments, and staved off multiple attempts to kill his bill. So Aycock backed off and took down his proposed legislation. “I don’t think it’s fair that we leave this bill pending and kill everything else that’s up, when we know that the Senate will almost certainly kill the measure, if we pass it,” Aycock explained.
But before doing that, Aycock managed to stress the importance of his bill, which would have pumped $800 million into the school finance system, and changed how much some school districts receive per student.
Aycock attempted to discuss the bill on the House floor with Finance Chair John Otto. “I have received notices from members in my district, they want the money we’ve set aside to deal with this issue. But in some cases, the things you are changing in your bill, they would rather leave it as is, but if we leave as is currently, do we ever achieve equity?” asked Otto.