Democrats, school officials tussle over education budget

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Education interests have mounted an unusually vocal challenge to the schools budget proposed by Democratic legislative leaders.

School officials say the $7.24 billion plan would lead to larger classes and shorter school years. They're asking for an additional $265 million.

Legislative leaders are defending their plan. They say most school districts will do neither better nor worse than their current funding situation. They say their proposal is the best they can do without devastating other areas of the budget, including higher education.

The school budget is likely to come up in the House and Senate in the coming weeks.


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