School aid plan clears Senate

A $3.6 billion spending plan for public schools breezed through the state Senate on Tuesday 38-1.

The measure, Senate Concurrent Resolution 55, next faces action in the House.

The proposal was submitted to the Legislature by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Lawmakers can accept or reject the plan but cannot change it.

BESE’s initial proposal was rejected after Senate Education Committee Chairman Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, complained that it would allow for automatic state spending increases in future years.

The state board held a second meeting and removed that provision.

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