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French program loses funds in Jindal's budget proposal

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

An organization that oversees the programs to nurture the French language in Louisiana may lose its funding under the current state budget proposal.

This year, the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana received $300,000 from the state for its work to recruit and train teachers for public schools.

Under Governor Bobby Jindal's budget proposal for next year, the organization would be stripped of its money to help cover the $1.6 billion shortfall.

State Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee were unhappy about the cut to the program. They discussed the cut Thursday as they looked into the budget for the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

Crowley Representative Jack Montoucet says that the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana is important to the state's educational system and that he'll seek to restore its funding.

The new fiscal year begins on July 1st.

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