Legislature Passes School Aid Bill To Final Round

Schools would get less money from the state under a bill advanced by the legislature today.  The bill would allow schools to raise property taxes to help make up the difference.  Schools have sent pink slips to thousands of teachers statewide in preparation of the state cuts.  Some fear the cutbacks might cause overcrowded classrooms as well.  The bill would set aid to schools at 649 million dollars next year, a $12.6 million reduction from what schools received last year.  The bill must pass one more round in the Legislature before it is sent to the governor.  Governor Johanns spokesman says the governor isn't sure if he'll sign the bill.