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Oct 22, 2013 8:50 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)

State needs to scrap the MFP

The former president of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents says the state's complex method for aiding public schools should be scrapped.
Michael Faulk, who is superintendent of the Central school system, says the formula has outlived its usefulness.
Faulk made his comments Monday during the third meeting of a task force set up to tweak, but not abolish, the state's system for funding public schools, the Minimum Foundation Program.
He and others on the panel said replacing today's school aid system would take far more time than the two gatherings left on the task force's schedule.
State Superintendent of Education John White called Faulk's comment bold.
The state is sending $3.5 billion through the MFP this year to support about 700,000 public school students.

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