The Fiscal Year 2024 state budget will have to be decided by a conference committee. The Senate approved its version of the $32.4 billion state budget Thursday, 51-1, and sent it to the House. But state Representatives disagreed with the Senate’s version, while the Senate insisted on its position. With that, both chambers appointed members to serve on the conference committee to iron out the differences between the two versions.

Both the House and Senate versions of the budget include more than $13 billion for Georgia’s K-12 education and fully funding the state’s Quality Basic Education Formula. Under the Senate’s amended version of HB 19, lawmakers would return HOPE funding to 100 percent for students with a “B” average and are adding nearly $5 million in new funds for dyslexia screening. 

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