The president of Louisiana’s top school board said Wednesday morning no decision has been made on whether the panel needs to submit a new funding plan for public schools.
“I am not certain,” said Chas Roemer, president of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
“We are reading the ruling to see if in fact we need to,” Roemer added. “We will probably know by the end of the day.”
The state Supreme Court on Tuesday scuttled the way the state finances vouchers, which pay for tuition for some students to attend private and parochial schools who formerly attended public schools rated C, D and F by the state.
BESE earlier submitted a 2013-14 public school spending plan that includes voucher aid from the Minimum Foundation Program, called MFP.
The state’s high court said that is unconstitutional.
The spending proposal can only be accepted or rejected by the Legislature but cannot be changed.
Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday he is confident the Legislature will approve separate funds to continue the voucher program, which includes nearly 5,000 students in the current school year and plans for nearly 8,000 students in the upcoming school year.
The session ends on June 6.