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State economists expect an additional 1,700 PreK-12 students next year

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House and Senate budget negotiators who’ll begin conference negotiations next week will have to account for more than 1,700 additional students, state economists concluded Friday. That may not sound like a lot in the context of the more than 2.8 million kids enrolled in the PreK-12 system. Still, it adds up to nearly $12.3 million under the least generous formula pending in the Legislature. “At this point, any difference is painful to them,” Amy Baker, head of the Office of…

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