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Senators scrap BESE school formula recommendations


MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press
    
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senators have rejected a $3.5 billion school financing plan the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) proposed for next year.
    
The Senate Education Committee shelved the proposal without objection Thursday.
    
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.
    
Opponents of BESE's new proposal had many criticisms, including that it was inadequate for special education.
    
Local school boards and superintendents say it doesn't provide enough money to cover escalating retirement costs and cope with new education standards. They objected to adding state schools, like the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, into the formula.

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