Melinda Deslatte / The Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Superintendent of Education John White told lawmakers that his department is $55 million short of what is needed to cover the costs of this year's public school funding formula.
White told the House Appropriations Committee that more than half the shortfall is tied to having higher-than-estimated student enrollment. The rest of it he described as a "cash-flow issue" that he said Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration would explain.
But it appears the issue could be less about cash flow and more about a disagreement between over how many students are enrolled in Louisiana's schools.
The governor's chief budget adviser, Kristy Nichols, says the education department says there's a growth of 7,000 students after previously indicating it was 3,500.
Whatever shortfall exists must be closed before the fiscal year ends June 30.