Members of school boards lobby state legislators

Published: Feb. 17, 2016 at 3:07 AM CST
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - More than 500 school board members from across the state loaded onto buses and traveled to the state capitol to lobby for education funding.

In light of the state budget crisis, they came to push the governor and legislators to protect money for K-12 schools.

Governor John Bel Edwards warned them MFP funding for K-12 public schools falls $12 million dollars short because of higher than expected enrollment.

That could mean cuts for Louisiana's 69 school districts.

"While I'm going to do everything I can to shield the MFP, we have to prioritize something in government," said Edwards, "If we don't prioritize education of our children we are dooming ourselves to failure."

Edwards says despite the projected $2 billion dollar shortfall for the next budget year, he provides full funding for the MFP. But he says that requires additional revenue and he urged the educators to communicate with state lawmakers.

Russ Wise of the St. John Parish School Board described public education the foundation of this country, "Everything we do and everything that we are is based upon an educated public. And the most efficient way to do it is through public education and if we don't continue and even improve our public education here and everywhere else, this country has no future."

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