Program Authorization: R.S. 17:1961-1968
The mission of the Telelearning Program is to provide otherwise unavailable instructional services to schools throughout the state to help students qualify for scholarships and entry to restricted-admissions universities in Louisiana .
The goal of the Telelearning Program is to provide for its participants the faculty, technology, equipment, textbooks, and materials of instruction necessary for such students to be eligible to receive scholarships (i.e., the TOPS program) and to qualify for admissions to restricted-admissions universities in Louisiana where such scholarships and admissions are based upon successful completion of specific courses of study.
The TeleLearning Program provides instructional services to public high schools throughout the State of Louisiana where such instruction would not otherwise be available owing to a lack of funding and/or qualified instructors to teach the courses. The program provides instruction in math, science, foreign languages, the humanities, and the arts. The bulk of the program’s funding is provided in an annual grant by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). The program does receive a limited State General Fund appropriation which is used chiefly for salaries for the faculty. The program uses a relatively new technology called "audiographics" which connect a teacher to several remote sites using computers and speaker phones over telephone lines. The services provided by the TeleLearning Program are not available to students in residence at the Louisiana School.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with the General Fund and Interagency Transfers. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education transfers funds to this program from the Louisiana Quality Education [8(g)] fund to finance LSMSA's Telelearning efforts. In addition, various state agencies provide funds for the use of the schools telephone bridging equipment.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 100% of the existing operating budget. It represents 98.8% of the total request ($904,258) for this program.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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