SUBSTITUTE MOTION: Sen. Joyce Elliott came up with winning proposal.

The Legislative Council today overcame roadblocks from a subcommittee and approved a $659,000 contract with a consulting firm to assess the adequacy of state funding of public schools.

Conservatives in the Senate had blocked the proposal despite approval from House and Senate Education Committees. They believe, with some reason, that a study could lead to a conclusion that the state isn’t complying with the Lakeview decision requiring equal and adequate public education. The Bureau of Legislative Research assesses adequacy for every legislative session, but the legislature often adopts spending below recommended levels and there are questions about how well the support that’s being provided is used in helping students who need help most. An

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