April 24, 2013
action alert

Senator Conrad Appel (Chairman)
721 Papworth Avenue, Suite 102A
Metairie, LA 70005

(866) 946-3133

Senator Eric LaFleur (Vice-Chairman)
P.O. Box 617
Ville Platte, LA 70586
(337) 363-5019

Senator Dan Claitor
7520 Perkins Road, Suite 160
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

(225) 765-0206

Senator Jack Donahue
3030 East Causeway Approach
Mandeville, LA 70448

(985) 727-7949

Senator Elbert L. Guillory
633 East Landry Street
Opelousas, LA 70570

(337) 943-2457

Senator Mike Walsworth
4007 White's Ferry Rd., Suite A
West Monroe, LA 71291

(318) 340-6453

Senator Mack "Bodi" White
808 O'Neal Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

(225) 272-1324

Senator Page Cortez (Interim Member)
101 W. Farrell Road. Bldg. 5, Suite 100
Lafayette, LA 70508

(337) 993-7430


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Keeping track of LaTEACH members' involvement in systems change helps us improve our operations and yearly plans.
  • There is no information to support that these proposed changes in funding will improve student outcomes.
  • The proposed changes to the funding formula are not linked to costs associated with the unique services and supports students with disabilities need.
  • The proposed changes will increase funding based on students meeting or exceeding growth targets on standardized assessments and for graduating in less than five years
  • The proposed funding formula as outlined in SCR23 does not recognize progress and/or accomplishments of students with disabilities as based on their individualized goals and objectives.

If you have concerns with proposed changes to the state education funding formula, called the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP), contact members of the Senate Education Committee and let them know how you feel.

The MFP for next school year (2013-2014) was passed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and must be approved by the Legislature.  The MFP, now Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 23, will be first heard by the Senate Education Committee. The Senate Education Committee has not set a date to hear discussion and vote on the MFP.  As soon as a specific date becomes available LaTEACH will let you know.


More Information:

There are major changes in the MFP formula for students with disabilities. As proposed in SCR 23, districts will no longer receive an additional 150% add-on weight of funding for each student with a disability.  SCR 23 proposes multiple weights for funding based on: 
  • Disability classification of the student
  • Setting or placement where the student is educated
  • Student performance on standardized assessments
  • How many students with disabilities graduate from high school in four or five years
  • Reduction in the rate students are referred to special education

Read the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council LaDDC News on this change in education funding by clicking HERE.


What others are saying:

The following groups opposed these changes and recommended for BESE  to not move forward with these changes:
  • The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council,
  • Louisiana Special Education Advisory Panel,
  • Louisiana Special Education Administrators Association, and
  • the Superintendents Advisory Council.

Advocates, special education professionals, district administrators and parents have expressed concern over several issues with this drastic change in funding for schools to serve the needs of students who receive special education services. Some of those concerns include:

  • Schools receive more funds to lower their referral rates regardless if the referrals are done appropriately;
  • Funding incentives for segregated settings;
  • Emphasis on academic outcomes without addressing incentives for meeting individualized goals and objectives;
  • Fails to address funding for costly individualized supports and services;
  • Impact on resources to smaller or less financially stable districts in providing a free appropriate public education to their students with disabilities; and,
  • It does not address the inequities (unfairness) in how funds are distributed across all schools systems.  Especially school systems that serve a higher percentage of students who need more costly special education supports and services.

How to Communicate with Legislators


Tips for communicating with policymakers


Remember to include the following:

  • Introduce yourself. 
  • If they represent you, let them know they are your elected legislator.
  • State the parish where you live
  • State the issue or legislation you are contacting them about, whether you support or oppose the proposed changes to rules and regulations.
  • Give an idea of how the legislation will effect you personally (or your student/students school).
  • Always end your communication by thanking the legislator for their time and service.
  • Offer to provide additional information if needed.
  • Give the legislator your contact information and best ways to contact you.


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