School aid clears House committee

Advocate Photo by MICHELLE MILLHOLLON -- Chas Roemer, president of the Board of Elementary and Secondary, speaks Tuesday in favor of a resolution to spend $3.6 billion on public schools for the 2014-2015 school year. Senate Education Committee Chairman Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, leans back in the middle, and Louisiana Education Superintendent John White listens during a House Appropriations Committee. Show caption
Advocate Photo by MICHELLE MILLHOLLON -- Chas Roemer, president of the Board of Elementary and Secondary, speaks Tuesday in favor of a resolution to spend $3.6 billion on public schools for the 2014-2015 school year. Senate Education Committee Chairman Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, leans back in the middle, and Louisiana Education Superintendent John White listens during a House Appropriations Committee.

A $3.6 billion spending plan for public schools cleared its third of five hurdles Tuesday morning when the Louisiana House Appropriations Committee endorsed the plan.

The measure, Senate Concurrent Resolution 55, won approval without objection.

It next faces action in the House Education Committee and, if approved there, the full House.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, called the spending plan a fair one.

Appel said that, when all funding sources are considered, public school students in Louisiana get about $12,300 per student compared to the national average of $11,500.

State aid for public schools goes through a formula called the Minimum Foundation Program.

It provides most of the dollars that fund public schools, in this case for the 2014-15 school year.

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