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Although the Legislature needed two special sessions to agree to a budget, in large part because of disagreements over how much to spend on public schools, a special legislative committee needed only about six minutes Tuesday to tell the state Supreme Court that budget is meeting a mandate to adequately fund education.
With only three members in the room and the remainder connected by telephone, the Joint Select Committee on Article IX Litigation unanimously approved a report that listed four major increases in state money going to school districts over the next two years.
- $374 million extra for materials, supplies and operating costs
- $131.7 million extra for transportation costs
- $103.6 million extra for smaller kindergarten and Grade 1 classes in high poverty schools
- $90 million extra for all-day kindergarten.
It's part of a total increase of $982 million to be spent on public schools in the 2013-15 biennium. . .
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