SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The clock is ticking with less than a week left in Louisiana's special legislative session, and at the moment, education is on the chopping block in a big way.
When it comes to K-12 education in Louisiana, all eyes are on House Bill 122. That includes both public and private schools. That's because it would cut $44 million from the state's department of education, effectively taking almost all of its money until June 30, the end of the fiscal year.
If the massive cuts to the department of education actually go into effect for the last four months of this budget year, payments for early childhood education could stop. And standardized testing may not take place either.
It's not just public schools that would suffer. Sister Carol Shively told us, "We'd already taken a million dollar cut from the program. That was what the legislators asked us to do."
Sister Shively is superintendent of Catholic Schools in Shreveport. She explained that the initial million dollar cut eventually jumped to $5 million in cuts in state payments to private schools in Louisiana.
Shively added, "And then out of House Bill 122 we were totally eliminated."