Ore. Senate backs $6.55 billion schools budget

FILE - Teacher Diana Feke helps Mason Baker, 5, during lunch at the Eastham Community Center Claskamas County Children's Commission Head Start Monday, April 9, 2012, in Oregon City, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
FILE - Teacher Diana Feke helps Mason Baker, 5, during lunch at the Eastham Community Center Claskamas County Children's Commission Head Start Monday, April 9, 2012, in Oregon City, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate has approved a $6.55 billion spending plan for primary and secondary schools, reversing a decision to reject it last week.

The change came Wednesday when seven Republicans changed their votes, saying school districts need to know how much money they’ll have to spend next year.

Passage of the schools budget and a hospital tax that’s up vote a vote later Wednesday could clear the way for lawmakers to finalize a two-year budget and adjourn the 2013 legislative session.

Senators say they’re pessimistic about prospects for a compromise on two other issues: Increasing tax revenue and cutting costs for public-employee pensions to boost school funding.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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