Legislation that would authorize spending $3.7 billion for public schools for the 2017-18 academic year won final legislative approval Monday.
The state Senate endorsed it 35-1, and the House did so last week.
The package includes a freeze in spending per student for Louisiana's roughly 720,000 public school students. However, it would increase spending for dual enrollment by $10 million.
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Dual enrollment allows high school students to earn college and career credit.
Another $8 million hike for high-needs students is included in the spending formula, which is called the Minimum Foundation Program.
The plans mirror the recommendations of Gov. John Bel Edwards. They also include $7.5 million for several districts, including East Baton Rouge and Livingston, that suffered enrollment drops because of the August 2016 flood.
State aid for school districts is based on enrollment, and without the assistance those two and other school systems would lose dollars because of flood-related upheaval.
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The legislation is House Concurrent Resolution 7.
The spending blueprint was submitted to lawmakers by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Lawmakers can accept or reject the plan but cannot change it.
The initial version was returned to BESE after lawmakers asked for flood provisions and other changes, which BESE did.