Mar 8, 2013 8:23 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state's education board is poised to approve a $3.5 billion spending plan for public schools that has drawn strong opposition from special education interests.
Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members voted 8-3 for the plan in a preliminary vote Thursday. They were expected to make it final Friday.
The plan would freeze state aid per student for the fifth consecutive year. And it includes money for a voucher under challenge in the courts. A key dispute Thursday focused on Superintendent John White's plan to start phasing in changes in funding of about 82,000 special education students.
Some objected to White's plan to allocate the money based on a student's disability, where and how the student is educated and academic performance.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com