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Luna: Schools could take $130 million hit

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That's about $14.3 million less compared to this fiscal year, which ends in June.
     
Luna said Wednesday total spending on public schools for next year would really be about $130 million less compared to this year when factoring in the loss of one-time federal stimulus money and expected decreases in state dedicated funds.
     
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Luna says the $130 million loss would come on top of a $68 million cut to public schools for the current fiscal year.

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