There was much discussion about finances at a forum Monday in Breaux Bridge put together by the Louisiana School Boards Association.

Many regional school leaders and board members joined the group in the discussion yesterday.  Many agreed that school districts across the state of Louisiana need an increase in the amount of money given to districts for each student.

Officials say increase the amount per pupil of funding through the state's Minimum Foundation Program will stave off financial crises and meet state educational reform requirements.  The Minimum Foundation Program, or MFP, is the state's formula for calculating how much each school district should get per student.

Louisiana School Boards Association Executive Director Scott Richard reports that school district in our Acadiana region have seen a drop of almost $165 million in public funding over the last few years.