Louisiana Senators reject school funding formula proposed by board

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Louisiana Senate Education Committee shot down a $3.6 billion public school formula proposed by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) Thursday afternoon. Senators objected to a provision that could force the Legislature into automatically hiking the state's funding for schools for years to come.

"I'm just fundamentally against the concept that there's a mandatory increase imposed," said Sen. Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, who heads up the education committee.

BESE is required to put together a financial plan, referred to as the "minimum foundation program", based on what it will take to provide an adequate education to each public school child in the state. The Legislature is allowed to accept or reject the plan wholesale, but can't revise it.

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