House, Senate clash over $3.4B school funding plan

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Posted: Jun 1, 2012 4:06 PM
Updated: Jun 1, 2012 4:51 PM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House and Senate are at odds over a $3.4 billion public school funding formula, with days remaining before the legislative session ends.

The House backed a formula Friday that stripped language that would have created a new college scholarship program sought by the Jindal administration. Senators questioned the constitutionality of the House change and said too little time remained in the session to get a reworked formula from the state education board.

So, the Senate rejected the change and sent the legislation to a six-member conference committee to work out a final version of the spending plans for the 2012-13 school year.

Debate centered on a rift between the Legislature and the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education about how to craft education policy for the state.

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