By David Gray

Nearly 368,000 Louisiana students could eat two meals each day at no charge if school districts participate in a new universal meals program. The Community Eligibility Provision is designed to remove cumbersome qualification barriers in the school breakfast and lunch programs.… Read more...

LBP reviews the 2014 Legislature

Posted on June 4, 2014
The Louisiana Legislature wrapped up its 2014 regular session without tackling many of the state’s critical challenges, according to a new report by the Louisiana Budget Project. While legislators largely avoided the destructive cuts that have become the norm in recent years, they failed to address the state’s structural budget problems or take advantage of opportunities to help low-income families.

By Steve Spires

A new report provides a fresh layer of evidence that Louisiana’s colleges and universities have been uniquely hard hit by budget cuts in the wake of the Great Recession.

The report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that Louisiana has slashed state support for higher education more than almost any other state since 2008.… Read more...

The state Legislature raised the standards for high-quality early childhood education programs when it passed Act 3 in 2012. But lawmakers did not authorize new funding to help centers meet the standards. Some parents are at risk of facing higher tuition costs next year, which they might not be able to afford without additional financial support for low-income and at-risk children.

Inside the higher education numbers

Posted on January 28, 2014
The good news from Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive budget is that the bleeding has finally stopped in higher education. After five straight years of deep cuts to public colleges and universities, the proposed budget for 2014-15 actually calls for a slight funding increase. But when we unpack the numbers, there is actually less there than meets the eye.
New federal data on poverty, income and health coverage released Thursday, Sept. 19 by the U.S. Census Bureau contains a treasure trove of information about how Louisiana families live and work. But here are five key trends that you should know about today’s data:

State budget cuts gut public education funding

Posted on September 12, 2013

Despite growing evidence that education is the key to a strong economy, a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) finds that budget cuts during the Great Recession have reduced states’ ability to invest in K-12 education.… Read more...

The State of Working Louisiana 2013

Posted on August 29, 2013
While corporate profits and worker productivity have grown considerably in Louisiana over the past three decades, typical Louisiana workers did not see much improvement in their paycheck, according to a new report by the Louisiana Budget Project.

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