$3.8B school formula sought by Edwards backed by La. Senate

$3.8B school formula sought by Edwards backed by La. Senate
(Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana state senators have backed a $3.8 billion public school formula that includes all financing increases sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Support for the K-12 spending plan came in a 37-1 vote Wednesday. It puts the Senate at odds with House Republicans, who stalled the same proposal in their chamber.

The formula that won Senate passage includes $140 million in increases: a $1,000 teacher pay raise, $500 raise for school support workers and $39 million in new block grant money for school districts.

House Republicans want $122 million in increases: a $1,200 teacher pay raise, a $600 support worker raise and no block grant boost.

Louisiana’s state education board crafted the Senate-passed formula. Lawmakers can reject or approve it. House Republicans want the board to send a new formula.