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Tell BESE to delay any vote on the task force's recommended funding formula!

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Friday, February 26, 2016

In a vote this past Wednesday, February 24th, a task force created by the Louisiana legislature proposed a new Orleans Parish only funding formula that could threaten our school’s financial stability.

Plain and simple, the task force designed to give our students a fair financial playing field proved to be one-sided and unresponsive to our school’s requests.  Three of the five task force’s meetings were canceled and much of the discussion occurred in small meetings without the full committee, leaving little opportunity for our voices to be heard.  The temporary 2% annual loss provision included in the formula being recommended to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is so complex that even our experienced school CFOs cannot verify the accuracy of the formula’s projected outcome. Additionally, the recommendation for BESE approval does not include a source to fund the loss provision leaving concerns that annual cuts will end up much higher than two percent.  Finally, the proposal essentially defunds the Gifted and Talented programs putting our schools in a difficult financial and legal position relative to the administration of the programs.  Although we have repeatedly asked the task force to delay any final vote pending clarification on these major issues, our request was ignored.

Until clarification is obtained, we cannot support portions of the task force’s recommendation and must now look to the next steps to protect the funding of the school, our children and their futures.  BESE must either approve or disapprove the formula created by the task force.  We urge members to defer any vote regarding this proposed formula until all of our concerns can be properly addressed. 

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