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Feb 20, 2014 9:45 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)

Assumption Parish joins education formula lawsuit

The Assumption Parish School Board has voted 8-1 to join a lawsuit filed by St. John the Baptist Parish's board challenging the state's per-pupil Minimum Foundation Program funding formula.
Board member Lee Meyer said during Wednesday's board meeting at Labadieville Assumption's move brings the number of school boards involved in the suit to 47 of the 69 school boards in the state.
Meyer says plaintiffs in the suit are seeking payment of a 2.75 percent "growth factor" that's been included in past Minimum Foundation Programs.
Although the state Legislature approved the growth factor funding in the 2011-12 budget, Meyer tells The Advocate the 2.75 percent was not funded by the state in the 2012-13 budget.

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