Education

May 15, 2014 9:49 AM by AP

Rewritten $3.5B school formula advancing in Senate

A $3.5 billion formula to pay for Louisiana's public schools next year has vaulted over its first legislative hurdle, getting passage from the senators who rejected a previous version.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education rewrote the 2014-15 school financing plan after the Senate Education Committee refused to pass it. The revamp won the committee's approval in a 5-1 vote Thursday, sending it to the full Senate for debate.

Committee Chairman Conrad Appel had objected to BESE's inclusion of an automatic growth factor that could lock the Legislature into boosting the per-student payment by 2.75 percent annually in later years.

In the rewrite, BESE stripped that language and made changes to lessen criticism from school districts and school superintendents.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 55 can be found at www.legis.la.gov

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