House, Senate clash over $3.4B school funding plan
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.