Senate Starts Over on School Finance

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AUSTIN -- Trying to salvage a crumbling special session on school finance, the Senate opted Thursday to scrap previous efforts and start over.

With a new $2.8 billion spending bill to be filed Friday and hearings expected for next week, the Senate hopes to break the impasse on school finance that has thwarted several regular and special legislative sessions.

The announcement of a new effort came after senators met behind closed doors for more than three hours. And while the Senate's latest move keeps the session lurching along, it may not push the Legislature far enough into finally passing a bill.

The session was on the brink of collapse Tuesday after the House rejected its school spending plan and a companion tax bill.