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Senators shelve BESE school financing proposal

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Posted: May 1, 2014 12:57 PM by Melinda Deslatte
Updated: May 1, 2014 4:38 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: BESE, education, school financing, capitol

BATON ROUGE - Senators have rejected the $3.5 billion school financing plan the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education proposed for next year.

The Senate Education Committee shelved the proposal without objection Thursday.

Committee Chairman Conrad Appel said he disagreed with BESE's inclusion of an automatic growth factor in the formula that could take effect in later years.

Lawmakers can approve or reject the formula submitted each year by BESE, but cannot change it. If BESE and lawmakers can't agree on a new formula, the state would continue using the current financing structure to pay for public schools next year.

State Education Superintendent John White says he will continue negotiating with legislative leaders. But Appel says BESE needs to submit a reworked formula or he won't bring the discussion up again.

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