The stage is set for the Senate to vote this week on a revised school funding formula that allocates $3.5 billion to public schools for the 2014-15 school year.
The funding plan gives schools more money for each student in the classroom and extra amounts for those enrolled in more technical or advanced classes that cost more to teach. It also makes available, on an application basis, additional funds for educating students with severe disabilities.
Sen. Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, listed as the author of Senate Concurrent Resolution 55, rejected the original version of the plan submitted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. He said he had “philosophical” problems with a provision that called for 2.75 percent future growth of the formula if lawmakers rejected future spending plans.