- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Legislature’s Joint Education Interim Committee has endorsed providing money to local school districts to cover inflation.

The panel voted 10-3 Thursday to support the inflation adjustments to school funding.

The state is supposed to account for annual fluctuations in the costs of goods and labor when funding schools, but these inflation adjustments haven’t been made for the past four years.

A coalition of school districts on Thursday told the committee that Wyoming’s school districts have lost more than $150 million, causing salary freezes, layoffs and program cuts.

KUWR radio reports (http://bit.ly/1wp1e7u ) that some lawmakers say Wyoming has overfunded school districts in the past and the freeze on inflation adjustments will allow things to level out.

The Joint Appropriations Committee will take up the matter when it meets Oct. 30.

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Information from: KUWR-FM, http://uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/wpr/

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