There was bitter debate in the legislature Wednesday over how much money the state can afford to spend on K-12 schools next year.
The GOP-controlled House and Senate tentatively agreed to raise per-pupil spending by 1 percent for all districts, which was sharply opposed by minority Democrats.
Rep. Phil Miller is a Democrat from Fairfield. Last year at this time, as school board president, he was overseeing a $900,000 budget cut.
“Two years ago we cut $550,000, and three years ago it was $330,000,” Miller said. “Those were all painful events.”