Education

March 8, 2019

The MFP could be an effective anti-poverty tool if funded properly

Louisiana is one of 23 other states where funding for K-12 public education remains below what it was before the Great Recession. Combined state-local funding for Louisiana schools was 3 percent below 2008 levels in 2016, after adjusting for inflation.That’s according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.Read more...

February 13, 2019

Quality education means quality teacher pay

BATON ROUGE – Public school teachers and support workers in Louisiana are long overdue for a pay raise. A decade of financial stagnation means the average teacher would need to earn an extra $4,004 to have the same buying power as their salary did in 2008.Read more...

November 5, 2018

Stagnant funding prevents Louisiana from fully investing in teachers and students

Louisiana public schools have lost out on billions of dollars over the past decade since state policymakers stopped providing annual cost-of-living increases to local school districts. That has made it harder for districts to keep up with rising costs, and widened the funding gap between rich school districts and poor ones.
October 4, 2018

RELEASE: Louisiana’s Cuts to Higher Education Are Shortchanging Future Generations

BATON ROUGE – Black and Hispanic families in Louisiana have been disproportionately affected by a decade of cuts in state support for higher education, and the substantial tuition increases that have occurred as a result.

Average tuition and fees at a public four-year university accounted for 32 percent of median household income for Black families in Louisiana and 23 percent for Hispanic families in 2017, according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.Read more...