Lawsuit claims public school districts owed $200M
BATON ROUGE - The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board and a teachers union are suing the state for $200 million, saying school funding formulas approved by lawmakers for three years were not passed properly.
The lawsuit claims financing plans passed in 2010, 2011 and 2012 should have been voided and the schools should have been funded with a formula that called for increases in state aid each year.
The legal challenge was filed Friday in Baton Rouge by the school board, the Louisiana Association of Educators and local LAE affiliates.
The lawsuit stems from a ruling earlier this year by the Louisiana Supreme Court that declared the Legislature didn't properly pass the 2012-13 school funding formula. The lawsuit says similar problems occurred in previous year formulas.
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