The state Senate Education Committee is scheduled Tuesday to consider the $3.5 billion spending plan for the public schools in Louisiana.

Senate Education last week rejected Senate Concurrent Resolution 23, which would have authorized the MFP, or the Minimum Foundation Program, sending it back for BESE to recalculate and resubmit.

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, or BESE, sets the amounts in the MFP but legislators must approve the spending plan for the public schools.

The MFP provides the funds for roughly 700,000 students in about 1,300 public schools for the 2013-2014 school year.

The Legislature has two weeks, until the June 6 adjournment, for both chambers to consider the MFP resolution and to pass it.

The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional the use of money from the MFP to help pay private school tuition for some students, a program called vouchers that is pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

BESE officials said the initial MFP proposal sent to – and rejected by – the Senate Education committee inadvertently included language never considered by the board.

The corrected version was sent by BESE to the education committee on May 15, including language aimed at keeping the resolution intact if the court tossed out the voucher funding method, which it did.

The high court ruled 6-1 that it is unconstitutional for MFP dollars to finance vouchers, which are state aid that allows some students to attend private and parochial schools.

Nearly 5,000 students rely on vouchers in the current school and nearly 8,000 are set to do so in the upcoming school year.

Jindal and other voucher backers say money for the aid will be provided in the state operating budget. But efforts to do so are expected to spark renewed arguments about the merits of the assistance.