$3.7B School Funding Formula Wins Unanimous Support In House

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have backed a nearly $3.7 billion financing formula for public schools that would boost funding $85 million next year.

         Nearly half of the increase — about $41 million — is because more students are expected to attend public schools in the upcoming 2015-16 year.

         Of the other new dollars: $36 million would provide a 1.4 percent inflationary increase for school districts; and $8 million would increase spending for students with disabilities and for students taking "dual enrollment" college courses and career education classes.

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         The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education crafted the formula. Lawmakers can only approve or reject the proposal BESE sends them.

         The House voted 100-0 Thursday for the formula, sending it to the Senate for consideration.

         – by AP Reporter Melinda Deslatte

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