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Lawmakers question early proposals on GA school funding

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By KATHLEEN FOODY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's plan to overhaul the state's formula for funding schools is on hold until the General Assembly convenes for its 2017 session. But lawmakers who are part of recommending changes to that system already have showed signs that they aren't lining up behind Deal's preferred strategy.

Deal announced his Education Reform Commission in January, and initially set an August deadline for simplifying the complicated funding formula. Deal recently extended that deadline to December at the request of lawmakers on the panel.

At a meeting Thursday, those lawmakers and other members of a subcommittee focused on funding pushed for a discussion of how much it costs to provide a good education.

They also backed the state's existing method taking teachers' experience into account to help determine needed funding.

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