Saturday, March 13, 2010

BESE votes for 2.75% school funding increase...

...But President Keith Guice is slapped for his defiance

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education confirmed its finance committee's decision to include a 2.75% growth factor in public education's Minimum Foundation Program, as reported here by Will Sentell of The Advocate.

As Gannett's Mike Hasten reports here, reprisals were quickly launched against those who defied Gov. Bobby Jindal's request for a frozen Minimum Foundation Program.

BESE member James Garvey of Metairie, an ally of the governor, introduced a motion to replace BESE President Keith Guice and other officers after just two months in office.

Guice and his fellow officers narrowly escaped being deposed, but their ordeal might not be over. The board voted 6-5 to defer action on Garvey's motion, not to defeat it. That means the motion can be brought back for a vote whenever Garvey feels that he can get it passed, according to Hasten's article.

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