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Statement from BESE President Dr. Gary Jones regarding 2019-20 Minimum Foundation Program formula, need for increased early childhood education funding

March 15, 2019

Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) President Dr. Gary Jones issued the following statement regarding today’s submission of the unanimously approved FY 2019-20 Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) formula and resolution which urges increased early childhood education funding:

“Following unanimous adoption, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) today submitted the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) formula for the 2019-2020 school year. The formula includes a $1,000 pay raise for public school teachers, a $500 pay raise for public school support staff and a $39 million boost in K-12 public school funding. Along with the MFP formula, BESE submitted a resolution urging the Legislature to implement a recommendation by the Early Childhood Care and Education Commission to provide $86 million to address Louisiana’s early childhood education crisis of access. We look forward to working with the Legislature to meet the needs of all Louisiana students, all educators and all places of learning.”

Kevin Calbert, Communications Manager
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BESE is the administrative policymaking body for elementary and secondary schools in Louisiana. The Board sets key education initiatives and works to outline an education agenda to achieve continuous improvement of public education as measured by student and school achievement.