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Panel Approves Plan To Give Additional Funding To SD Schools

Panel Approves Plan To Give Additional Funding To SD Schools

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota legislative panel has given initial approval to a plan that would provide school districts with more state financial aid than Gov. Dennis Daugaard has recommended.

The Republican governor’s proposed budget would boost state aid to schools by 3 percent next year.

The House Education Committee on Wednesday endorsed a plan that would instead increase state aid to schools by 3.8 percent, which would put spending per student back where it was before budget cuts were made three years ago. The bill next goes to the Joint Appropriations Committee, which will decide if the state can afford to spend an extra $5.3 million on school aid.

A final decision on state financial aid to schools likely won’t be made until the Legislature approves a state budget in March.

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