Posted: Feb 26, 2013 7:50 AM by AP
BREAUX BRIDGE, La. (AP) - School districts across the state need an increase in per pupil funding to stave off financial crises and meet requirements of state educational reforms. That's according to regional school leaders and board members who attended a forum in Breaux Bridge Monday organized by the Louisiana School Boards Association.
Scott Richard, executive director of the school boards association, says school districts in the eight-parish area have lost about $165 million in public funding in the past few years.
Richard said the association also backs a moratorium on school performance scores in 2013-14 as the state transitions to changing accountability and curriculum standards.
Much of the discussion centered on the Minimum Foundation Program - the formula the state uses to allocate per pupil funding.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com