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1st post-recession budget offered for schools

The State Board of Education recommended its first post-recession budget for public schools Thursday and set a goal of hiring back one-third of the teachers cut when the state’s tax revenue plunged, the Associated Press reports. The proposed budget for the next school year also seeks to restore textbook spending and school operational funds that were cut. After four years of having to reduce spending, the school board got excited about planning a school budget where there will be more to spend. “This is a tremendous piece of work,” said board member Charles Elliott of Decatur. The board proposed that K-12 spending increase from $3.7 billion this year to $4.1 billion next year, a rise of $416 million…

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