New public school funding formula proposes to give on average an extra $232 per student

Article By: Sarah Tan | March 13, 2014 | Originally Posted on nola.com

Public schools systems in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas would receive an average of $232 more per pupil from the state next year, under a proposal now pending before the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Whether they get it, however, is an open question.

BESE was poised last week to approve a new formula for its Minimum Foundation Program for the 2014-15 academic year and to send it to the Legislature. It postponed the vote amid objections from some local schools superintendent and members of the Louisiana School Boards Association. That came after seven months of task force discussions to resolve differences over distributing the state’s $3.5 billion for public education.

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