Number of the Day: September

Friday, September 28, 2012
17 percent of freshmen who entered high school in 2006 dropped out before their 2010 graduation. (Source: The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana

Thursday, September 27, 2012
In 2008, Louisiana residents paid $205 million in loan fees to payday loan stores. (Source: LBP) 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Louisiana had 20,755 K-12 students who were homeless in 2011. That’s down from 28,959 in 2007. (Source: Louisiana Department of Education)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Louisiana has the second lowest childcare tuition subsidy reimbursement rates for infants and toddlers in the nation, behind only Mississippi. (Source: National Women’s Law Center

Monday, September 24
Louisiana’s average poverty rate from 2009 thru 2011 was 18.9 percent, the fifth highest in the nation behind Mississippi, New Mexico, District of Columbia, and Arizona. (Source: US Census Bureau)

Friday, September 2012
57.7 percent of Louisiana children living in a female-headed household live in poverty (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)

Thursday, September 20, 2012
28.8 percent of Louisiana children live in poverty (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Louisiana cut $28 million from its child care assistance program that serves working families and is one of the few sources of pubic aid for children under age 4 (Source: Louisiana Partnership for Children & Families)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Fifty-two percent of Louisiana children under age six live in low-income families, defined as income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. (Source: National Center for Children in Poverty)

Monday, September 17, 2012
Louisiana will lose 22 percent of its federal discretionary grants under the 2014 Ryan Budget. The state currently receives $4.615 billion, but Ryan would reduce funding for the state by $1.017 billion. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

Friday, September 14, 2012
43 percent of the state’s operating budget is comprised of federal dollars. The money is used for highways, K-12 education, health care, social services and disaster recovery. (Source: House Bill 1)

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012
27 percent of Louisiana children live in poverty. More than 134,900 children, or 12 percent live in extreme poverty. (Source: Children’s Defense Fund)

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012
240,000 Louisiana residents with jobs would receive health coverage in 2014 if the state took advantage of the opportunity to expand its Medicaid program. (Source: LBP)

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012
75 percent of Louisiana households receiving food stamps are headed by a working adult. (Source: US Census Bureau)

Monday, Sept. 10, 2012
The average GO Grant award for a qualifying full-time student attending LSU in 2011-12 is $918—down from $1,879 just two years ago. Go Grants, which provide financial assistance to low-income college students, have been cut in recent years due to state revenue declines. (Source: LouisianaOffice of Student Financial Assistance)

Friday, Sept. 7, 2012
255 Million: The Louisiana TOPS scholarship is projected to cost $255 million within five years due to unprecedented college tuition increases. (Source: LA Office of Student Financial Assistance)

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012
14: Fourteen of Louisiana’s 468 tax exemptions include a sunset clause that mandates the exemptions’ expiration by 2019. (Source: Louisiana Department of Revenue)

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012
19: Number of audits currently being conducted by New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux’s office. (Source: The Times-Picayune)