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Each year the Legislature sets Supplemental State Aid (SSA) for K-12 schools.  SSA is percentage growth in state aid to schools. The House Republican K-12 education funding plan places over $159 million of new money into schools.

In just the State Supplemental Aid bill, schools see a funding increase of 2.5% for both the regular program and categorical supplements.

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The State Cost Per Pupil (SCPP) amount on which the school aid formula is based increases from $7,234 to $7,413, an $186 increase per student appropriating an additional $19.2 million for schools to use to offset the extra costs of employing para-educators, substitute teachers, bus drivers, and administrative and support staff due to worker shortages, and other increased costs incurred by the school district resulting from inflation. This helps put money towards those areas and get positions filled at schools as well as offset higher costs.

I was a NO vote on the SSA funding at 2.5%. Public schools deserve a minimum of 3% or above to support the needs of the students, parents, and teachers.

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