count me in

Join other advocates tomorrow, May 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
at the State Capitol in the Senate Education Committee Meeting
MAY 15, 2013 
1:00 p.m.
Senate Education Committee 
(show up early to get a seat)


Need a Purple Shirt?  Let us know your size and we will have it at the meeting for you to put on.

Next Steps:
If Senate Education passes the MFP it will be voted on by the Senate Finance Committee (expected to be scheduled for next week).
What happens if the MFP is not passed?
If the MFP does not pass through the Legislature the current MFP formula will be used next year.
Join fellow LaTEACH members at Senate Education Committee tomorrow as they express their opinions about the proposed changes to funding for students with disabilities.

The proposed changes to the funding formula (the Minimum Foundation Program, MFP) will be voted on by the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, May 15th, which starts at 1:00 p.m.  Try to arrive early to get a seat!  


Many people expressed concerns over the changes to the MFP to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.   


If you have not already contacted Senate Education members to let him/her know how you feel about the proposed changes, please contact them today.  


Click Here to read Senate Concurrent Resolution 23 and the MFP Proposal for next year. 
Click HERE to read the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council's Analysis and Concerns of the State Funding Proposed Changes.
Understanding the changes in the education funding formula for students with disabilities
Current funding formula:
Provides 1.5 times as much funding to public school systems for every student with a disability.
Funding formula proposed for next year:
Funding increases for students with disabilities based on:

Disability Classification - provides different funding level increases based on the disability type of each student.


Placement of Students-   provides different funding level increases based on the placement of students.  The most inclusive and most restrictive placements receive the highest rates of funding.


Student Performance  - provides significant differences in increased funding levels based on student performance on standardized assessments according to the Value Added Model.  School systems would not receive the highest rate of funding for students participating in LAA1.


Graduation Rate - adds an additional 1.5 times of funding level for each student graduating within four or five years.


Continued Funding after Declassification - continues increased funding level for the year after a student is declassifed (i.e., no longer served by an IEP).


Reduction in Referral Rate - provides increased funding levels for reductions to rates of referral to special education.