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Louisiana school board asks lawmakers for larger K-12 boost

Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP

Louisiana’s top school board is readying to send state lawmakers a nearly $4 billion public school financing proposal that would double the spending increase sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Posted: Mar 10, 2021 8:35 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s top school board is readying to send state lawmakers a nearly $4 billion public school financing proposal that would double the spending increase sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards. The K-12 school funding formula set to receive final passage Wednesday from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education would boost spending more than $80 million next school year. It serves as the starting point for negotiations with the Legislature. The proposal would give $40 million more to school districts for discretionary use. The other $40 million would cover raises of $400 for teachers and $200 for support staff. Edwards recommended only the $40 million for pay raises.

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