On the last day of the 2013 legislative session, lawmakers had one final big debate about education. Not about the $1.3 billion budget. That bill passed both houses easily Thursday morning, after about a total of 20 minutes’ debate. The last big debate centered on Senate Bill 1040 — a proposal to allow school boards to cut teacher pay or reduce contract days. The House wound up spending the better part of an hour debating this one bill. And the debate captured some of the key education themes of the 2013 session. The aftermath of the November elections. Local control. And, of course, money. Like many of the labor bills that came up during the 88-day session, SB 1040 has its origins in Proposition 1, the collective bargaining law rejected by voters in November/Kevin Richert, The EDge. More here.