Governor John Bel Edwards tells teachers there are no plans to cut funding for public schools, despite the state’s difficult budget challenges. Louisiana currently allocates three-point-seven billion dollars for public schools and puts it into the minimum foundation program, which distributes money to school districts.
"I am committed to making sure that first of all, we don't cut the MFP."
But Edwards added that there likely won’t be growth in the funding next fiscal year.
"And at some point soon we're going to have to get back on that dry path where we are growing at least to account for inflation."
Edwards spoke and answered questions from educators and staff at a listening tour sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Educators. He says the current budget deficit of $750 million dollars is the largest ever inherited by any governor in the history of our state, and this is the 8th straight year of shortfall.
"All of the relatively obvious ways that you can produce savings and efficiencies those things have been done, and so we are in a very difficult place."