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Senators reject new school funding formula

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senators have killed a $3.5 billion public school funding proposal submitted to lawmakers by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The Senate Education Committee voted Tuesday to reject the formula, because of concerns about proposed changes to special education and gifted student payments to schools.

The formula submitted by BESE would have paid for public schools for the 2013-14 school year. Lawmakers can approve it or reject it, but cannot change it.

Without a new formula, schools will continue to be paid under the 2011-12 funding formula, which costs $30 million more than the funding currently included in the state budget.

Sen. Conrad Appel, chairman of the education committee, says he doesn't think BESE could get a reworked formula through the Legislature before the session ends June 6.

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