New school aid formula wins Alabama panel endorsement

Friday, April 11, 2014

A proposal to change the state’s school aid formula won the endorsement of a Senate panel Thursday, despite continued resistance from Republican lawmakers.

The legislation would make the state distribute almost all school funding based on each district’s ability to pay, but Republicans say the plan hasn’t been sufficiently researched.

“It’s ridiculous to think we might vote on this without seeing the data,” said Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington. “I think local districts also want to know the effect this bill will have on them.”

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