STATEMENT FROM SUPERINTENDENT JOHN WHITE REGARDING SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE DEFERRAL OF 2014-15 MFP FORMULA

May 01, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. - State Superintendent of Education John White issued a statement today regarding the Senate Education Committee decision to defer SCR55 concerning the 2014-2015 Minimum Foundation Program formula:

"The MFP Task Force worked for six months to produce a consensus funding proposal that grows funding for public schools, expands career education, funds students with the most significant disabilities, and gives students access to college courses while in high school. Monday, the House Appropriations Committee approved a line in House Bill 1 reflecting this consensus proposal. Past MFP resolutions have included language that adjusts the cost of public education in the event BESE and the legislature cannot agree on a formula. While many legislators have voiced their support for that practice, today the Senate Education Committee raised concerns with the policy. We look forward to talking with legislative leadership about whether the legislature can support a formula proposal this year. In the meantime, we strongly urge the legislature to fully fund the Task Force proposal for funding public schools, as reflected in House Bill 1." 

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