JUNEAU (AP) -- The state would spend $350,000 to study how much it costs to run schools in different parts of the state under a bill that passed the House on Thursday.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, said the study should account for diverse geographic, cultural and economic conditions throughout the state. It could be used in rewriting the state's school funding formula.
Rep. Eric Croft, D-Anchorage, said the project is needed because a study that was used to write the current education funding formula looked at district's expenditures, rather than what they actually needed to run their schools.
House Bill 203 passed 35-0. It now goes to the Senate.
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