May 15, 2013 6:37 PM by Tonya LaCoste
Louisiana State Department of Education employees have been notified they'll no longer have a job. DOE will send us figures on exactly how many employees will be affected.
She said cuts are "based on recent indicated budget reductions; positions cut were based on civil service requirements." Department spokesperson Barry Landry said, "In tight financial times, it is critical that we protect students and the classroom from cuts. The Department has seen reduction in its state general fund budget of 28% over the last five years and has reduced positions by 37 percent."
Not to mention, the Minimum Foundation Program, which is a formula lawmakers use to determine how much the state pays per student to school districts across the state. Landry says over the same five-year period, "The Minimum Foundation Program has increased by more than 10 percent, including a nearly $40 million in the year to come. Cuts are always unfortunate, but they are necessary if we are going to continue to fund our schools."
KATC is awaiting more details from the DOE about the most recent cuts.