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Lawsuits continue over public school funding level

2 years 3 months 1 week ago October 06, 2014 Oct 6, 2014 Monday, October 06 2014 October 06, 2014 2:52 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - A local school board that lost its first legal effort to get more state money for public schools is trying a second lawsuit in the same courthouse, but with a different judge.

Judge Michael Caldwell dismissed claims earlier this year that the Legislature didn't properly pass the 2012-13 school funding formula and owed the districts $200 million more than it was providing.

Now, the St. John the Baptist Parish School Board is making a similar argument about the 2013-14 formula, hoping for a more favorable ruling with Judge Janice Clark.

Lawyers for the state say it's improper to try the same case before different judges. But Clark refused Monday to dismiss the lawsuit. Next up, the state is asking Caldwell to transfer the second lawsuit to his court for consideration.

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