Pastorek asked for stipend veto
Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek says he asked the governor's office to veto $16 million in his budget for salary stipends for teachers, counselors, social workers and others with national certifications.
Senators added the stipends to the budget bill, but Gov. Bobby Jindal stripped the spending plan with his line-item veto last week.
Pastorek said Monday that the money would have been taken from elsewhere in his department and could have devastated the basic functions of his office.
He says paying the stipeneds would have forced him to lay off as many as 265 people to balance his budget.
In his veto, Jindal said local school districts have money available to cover the salary stipends.
However, the state has covered some of those costs in previous years.