The state Public Education Department is asking the Legislature for $140 million more for public schools in 2014-15 — including $100 million for new initiatives.
All told, the department wants $2.5 billion to pay for public school. Much of that money would be spent on teacher salary increases ($18.5 million), reading intervention programs ($15.5 million), transportation ($100 million) and early childhood initiatives ($35 million).
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