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Legislation that creates a new education funding formula won support today from the same House committee that voted down a different version of the bill last week. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
The committee sent to the House floor legislation that uses student need, not assessed property value to determine how much state funding school districts receive.
It also gives urban and suburban lawmakers what they want in terms of an adjustment for the higher cost of labor in their districts.
Rural lawmakers have pushed for a smaller adjustment because they contend the cost of labor in rural areas isn't that much different than in urban and suburban areas.
Until Wednesday, the issues surrounding the education funding formula like the cost of labor adjustment have divided lawmakers by regions.
But the vote that moved the bill forward fell almost exactly down party lines.
Democrats argued the committee is moving too fast on an issue that is of great importance.
Representative Joe Aull.
Aull's attempt to stop the bill failed.
The chairman of the House committee Representative Brian Baker says it's unfortunate the fight over the funding formula became a fight of partisan politics.
Baker says he expects the funding formula bill to come before the full House early next week.