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Legislature votes in $15 million more for schools

The House and Senate today overwhelmingly passed a bill that would send $15 million in additional aid to schools for 2016-2017 and set up a commission to recommend changes to public education funding and ways to improve student performance.

The vote in the House was 131 to 8 and unanimous in the Senate.

The additional funding would make the required local mill rate 8.3. Under the flat funding initially proposed for schools next year, the rate would have been an unprecedented 8.44.

The study commission the bill establishes will evaluate shortcomings of the current funding formula and review teacher pay and special education spending, among other topics.  A Maine School Management Association designee will be part of the commission.

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