House tries to force Senate to consider school-funding bill

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2002

The state House on Saturday took action to force the Senate to consider a school funding bill that's aimed at easing urban-rural tensions.

The House attached the funding measure, House Bill 312, to a bill that has passed the Senate. Doing so will force the Senate to vote on whether to accept the measure.

The school funding bill, sponsored by Rep. Bill Williams, a Ketchikan Republican, would prevent 22 school districts from losing state supplemental funding until the results of a new study are in.

That study, which is supposed to be finished in November, is intended to give a more accurate picture of what it costs to educate students in different parts of the state.

Williams' bill changes a provision of the school funding formula adopted in 1998 that called for some districts to receive more money per student, while other districts were set to lose money.

The House attached the measure to Senate Bill 345, which would allow school districts to bill Medicaid for some health services provided to special education students.

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