Assumption Parish joins education formula lawsuit

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LABADIEVILLE, La. (AP) - 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.

The Louisiana School Boards Association also has looked into pursuing the suit, board member John Beck said.

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 (http://bit.ly/1fjvaKU ) the 2.75 percent was not funded by the state in the 2012-13 budget.

“We feel like, with LSBA and now 47 districts involved, we can professionally ask for what’s rightfully ours,” he said.”

Board member Larry Howell, who cast the only vote against the resolution, said he’d rather see the board work to keep the 2.75 percent growth factor schools received in the 2013-14 state budget intact, rather than chase increases it did not receive.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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