It also increases funding for charter school systems, a pet project of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the Senate’s president. And it includes $474 million in “equalization” funding for poor school districts. Under the state’s formula, $137 million of the equalization money will go to Gwinnett, Paulding and Clayton County systems.
The House passed its version of the budget for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1, earlier this month. House and Senate leaders will now begin negotiating a final spending plan. The 2013 session is expected to end next week.