Join other advocates TOMORROW, 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
at the State Capitol in the Senate Education Committee Meeting
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MAY 21, 2013 
9:00 a.m.
Senate Education Committee 
(show up early to get a seat)

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Next Steps:
If the MFP is passed by the Senate Education Committee it will go to the Senate Finance Committee.

The Legislative Session ends on June 6th and the MFP will need to make it through four committees (Senate Education, Senate Finance, House Education and House Appropriations) as well as the full Senate and the full House.  

Join fellow LaTEACH members
at Senate Education Committee as they express their opinions about the proposed changes to funding for students with disabilities.

The proposed changes to the funding formula (the Minimum Foundation Program, MFP) will go back to the Senate Education Committee for vote on Tuesday, May 21st, which starts at 9:00 a.m. in the John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room of the Capitol.  (This is on the Senate side of the Capitol in the sub-basement.) Try to arrive early to get a seat!


Is this a do over from last week?


The Senate Education Committee returned the original version of the MFP to BESE due to language not being aligned with the recent court decision.  BESE immediately returned a different version of the MFP claiming an incorrect copy of the MFP was sent by mistake.  Read more here.



Many parents, advocates and special education administrators expressed concerns over the changes to the MFP to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.



contact pic Contact Senate Education members to let them know how you feel about the proposed changes!



Click Here to read Senate Concurrent Resolution 23 and the MFP Proposal for next year. 
Click HERE to read the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council's Analysis and Concerns of the State Funding Proposed Changes.
What happens if the MFP is not passed?
If the MFP does not pass through the Legislature the current MFP formula will be used next year.
Understanding the changes in the education funding formula for students with disabilities
Current funding formula:
Provides 1.5 times as much funding to public school systems for every student with a disability.
Funding formula proposed for next year:
Funding increases for students with disabilities based on:

Disability Classification - provides different funding level increases based on the disability type of each student.


Placement of Students-   provides different funding level increases based on the placement of students.  The most inclusive and most restrictive placements receive the highest rates of funding.


Student Performance  - provides significant differences in increased funding levels based on student performance on standardized assessments according to the Value Added Model.  School systems would not receive the highest rate of funding for students participating in LAA1.


Graduation Rate - adds an additional 1.5 times of funding level for each student graduating within four or five years.


Continued Funding after Declassification - continues increased funding level for the year after a student is declassifed (i.e., no longer served by an IEP).


Reduction in Referral Rate - provides increased funding levels for reductions to rates of referral to special education.