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Education board to consider school funding changes

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By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state's top education board is being asked to consider changes to Louisiana's complex formula for divvying up money to public schools.

A task force made its final recommendations Monday, asking the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to steer new money to technical training courses and to special education.

The increases would cost about $10 million to $15 million - and would depend on lawmakers agreeing to pay for them.

The task force voted 12-2 for the recommendations, which BESE will discuss at its meeting next week.

Teacher union leaders were the two votes against the proposed changes.

Among their objections, they opposed recommendations to use formula money to pay for online course offerings, academic courses and skills training taught by private organizations and universities, rather than public schools.

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