LAE believes that, particularly in these troubling economic times, investing in education makes both good fiscal sense and good public policy. Funding targeted to quality public schools will see the greatest return on taxpayer money and will strengthen the entire economy.
- Improving the education of our Louisiana’s children should and must be a much higher priority.
- Louisiana public schools are struggling to provide quality services to increased numbers of disadvantaged students and students with special needs, while also implementing accountability and testing mandates.
- Programs such as Title I, IDEA, and Pell Grants are already underfunded and cannot meet the needs of eligible students.
- The federal government has failed to live up to its commitment to provide 40 percent of the costs of providing special education services to students. Because of inadequate federal support, schools are often unable to provide the full spectrum of services mandated under IDEA. In addition, administrators must sometimes cut other critical programs to fund mandated IDEA services.