In an unusual move, Louisiana’s top school board has cancelled its meeting set for April 12-13, in part because of state budget concerns.
The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which sets policies for about 720,000 students statewide, usually meets every other month.
However, officials of the panel announced Wednesday afternoon that next month’s gathering will be scrapped, which they said “serves as a cost savings measure in light of ongoing budget concerns.”
BESE officials also said there are no time-sensitive issues that demand action in April.
In addition, the board may be forced to hold a special meeting during the 2016 legislative session, which begins on Monday.
BESE last week submitted a standstill, $3.7 billion funding request for public schools for the 2016-17 school year.
However, the Legislature can only accept or reject the request, not change it.
Lawmakers may ask BESE to submit a second, revised request before adjournment on June 6.
What the cancellation’s of next month’s meeting will save the state is unclear.
The state faces a $900 million shortfall by June 30, which is the subject of the special session that ends on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
State services also face a shortfall for the financial year that begins July 1.
The current shortfall is $2 billion, but that will be trimmed based on actions taken during the special session.
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