Education

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...

June 15, 2018

Budget brief: It’s time to re-invest in higher education

After a decade of reductions, higher education in Louisiana is once again threatened with deep cuts in the 2018-2019 state budget.
June 11, 2018

Tuition Donation Credit Program vulnerable to exploitation with recent federal tax changes

A little-used state tax credit program designed to benefit low-income students could balloon into a profitable tax shelter for Louisiana’s wealthiest citizens thanks to the recent federal tax cut law. If high-income taxpayers are allowed to exploit the program, the cost of the credit to the state could explode in the years to come as wealthy taxpayers rush to take advantage.Read more...