MFP en Public School Funding Plan Rejected Twice <p>Next year’s method for funding for public schools is a bit up in the air after the Senate Education Committee rejected the proposed formula from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The formula, called the Minimum Foundation Program, or the </span>MFP<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, was shot down last week because of a clerical error: </span>BESE<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sent the legislature a draft of the </span>MFP<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> rather the final version.</span></p><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 10739 at State Supt. Aims for Vouchers, With or Without School Funding Formula <p>The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is slated to approve the <a href="$file/AF_4-1_FY_13_14_Proposed_MFP_Resolution_Mar2013.pdf" target="_blank">school funding formula </a>next week. The new proposal, released Thursday, still pays for the voucher program with dollars that would otherwise go to local districts. But, state Supt. John White is pitching alternative financing that would skirt the formula.</p><p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 02:10:41 +0000 Amy Jeffries 6877 at Fact Check: Completing Nichols' Numbers <p>On the Jim Engster Show Thursday morning, Division of Administration Commissioner Kristy Nichols relied on talking points that have been repeated by officials in the Jindal administration.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Commissioner has cherry-picked her facts.</span></p><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:28:21 +0000 Kelly Connelly 6871 at Voucher Program Set to Grow Despite Court Battle <p>Applications for vouchers are available for the upcoming school year. The statewide program is continuing into its second year.</p><p><br>A district court judge ruled in November that the voucher program could not be funded with the same pool of money that supports public education in Louisiana.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:57:37 +0000 Amy Jeffries 6170 at Judge: Vouchers Can't Be Paid for in Formula for Public School Support <p>Gov. Bobby Jindal plans to appeal a court ruling against his school voucher program. Teachers unions and local school boards filed suit to stop them. Sat, 01 Dec 2012 00:57:12 +0000 Amy Jeffries 2995 at Voucher Ruling is In <p><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">State Judge Tim Kelley declared today that the way Louisiana lawmakers created the statewide private school voucher program was constitutional, but the way it was funded was not.</span><br> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 22:14:05 +0000 Amy Jeffries 2986 at Judge to Rule on Vouchers <p><strong><a href="">Follow WRKF on Twitter from real-time updates from the trial. </a></strong></p><p>Judge Tim Kelley will deliver a decision in 19th District Court Friday afternoon in the lawsuit challenging Louisiana's private school voucher program.<br><br>Both sides laid out closing arguments Friday morning.</p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:46:41 +0000 Amy Jeffries 2967 at Judge to Rule on Vouchers Voucher Trial Heads to Closing Arguments <p><strong><a href="">Follow WRKF on Twitter from real-time updates from the trial. </a></strong></p><p>Lawyers on both sides of the lawsuit challenging the state's private school voucher program are slated to deliver closing arguments today in 19th District Court.</p><p>It's unclear if Judge Tim Kelley will immediately issue a ruling.</p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 09:30:57 +0000 Amy Jeffries 2934 at Funding Formula, Legislative Process Focus of Voucher Trial's First Day <p>The trial in the lawsuit from teacher unions and local school boards seeking to shutdown a statewide voucher program began Wednesday.<br><br>A state judge heard more than eight hours of complex testimony in 19th District Court.<br>&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:12:39 +0000 Amy Jeffries 2889 at Funding Formula, Legislative Process Focus of Voucher Trial's First Day