$75M increase in state aid sought for public schools
BATON ROUGE - A school funding task force is suggesting a $75 million boost in state aid for public schools next year, if dollars can be found to pay for it.
It goes next for consideration to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which must forward a 2015-16 school funding proposal to lawmakers in March. State lawmakers can then accept or reject the request, but cannot change it.
The $75 million represents a 2.75 percent increase that schools used to get routinely each year before the state faced continuing budget troubles.
The task force voted 17-2 to recommend the increase, but urged the state education board to make the request only after determining if funds are available to cover the cost.