Last minute compromise on education bill

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) Members of the Wyoming House and Senate have reached a compromise on legislation that could begin to address the state's K-12 education funding shortfall.

The shortfall is on track to top $380 million a year. The bill agreed to by three senators and three representatives on the last day of the legislative session Friday would save $34.5 million a year.

The bill also would begin a years-long process of overhauling education funding amid declining revenue from coal, oil and natural gas extraction.

Last-minute negotiations centered on funding for instructional facilitators — education experts who coach teachers. A half-cent sales tax increase and mineral tax reallocation favored by the House remain off the table after being taken out by the Senate earlier.

The full House and Senate would need to sign off on the changes before sending the bill to Gov. Matt Mead.