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Democrats looking to boost spending in local schools


State Democrats are asking for a boost in spending on local schools, but Republicans say they won't agree to a budget until law makers modify the school finance system.

According to the Associated Press, Democrats say schools need this money as soon as possible to hire teachers and organize curriculums. Republicans argue while voters are interested in spending more on schools, they want district administrators to be held accountable for spending.

School spending totals to about 60 percent of the state's six billion budget.

Democrats say they'll vote on a budget Tuesday, calling attention to a law which asks for school funding decisions be made within the first month of a legislative session.  Republicans still argue more needs to be done with other school funding policies.  

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