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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