Program Authorization: Article VIII, Sec. 13(B), La. Constitution; HCR 245 of 1997
The mission of the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) is to determine the cost of a minimum foundation program of education for public elementary and secondary schools, establish state and local contributions, and provide for the equitable allocation of state funds.
The goals of the Minimum Foundation Program are:
1. Provide financial resources on an equitable basis in relation to the local tax base allowing comparable funding for all students.
2. Allocate appropriated funds on an equitable basis to parish and city school systems according to the adopted formula.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. The Minimum Foundation Program will have 66 school systems meeting the local target of support for the MFP by FY 1999-2000.
2. The Minimum Foundation Program will increase the implementation rate of the state share of the MFP to 100% of the unfunded amount by FY 1999-2000.
1 By FY 1999-2000, appropriate reduction in state aid will be made for districts not meeting level 1 contribution.
3. The Minimum Foundation Program will decrease the amount of hold harmless funding districts receive through the MFP by 10% of the prior year amount by FY 1999-2000.
4. The Minimum Foundation Program will decrease the number of districts receiving hold harmless funding through the MFP to 13 by FY 1999-2000.
1 Based only on students in hold harmless districts and excludes Bossier Community College students.
5. The Minimum Foundation Program will have all 66 school districts meeting the 70% instructional expenditure mandate by FY 1999-2000.
1 HCR 245 stipulates that all school systems are required to attain the goal of spending 70% of local general fund expenditures on instruction.
6. The Minimum Foundation Program will provide that districts continue to spend a minimum of $27.02 per pupil for instructional materials and supplies in FY 1999-2000.
1 HCR 245 provides that local school boards are to ensure that instructional materials and supplies include no less than the 1991-92 state textbooks allotment. Nonpublic revenues have been excluded.
7. The Minimum Foundation Program will increase the correlation coefficient to r=.900 by FY 1999-2000 as a measure of offsetting wealth disparity through state funds.
1 Fiscal capacity (RTS factor) reflects prior year "weighted" students.
8. The Minimum Foundation Program will maintain the coefficient of variation for instruction per pupil to less than or equal to .100 in FY 1999-2000 to ensure that approximate equivalent resources are made available for all students.
9. The Minimum Foundation Program will maintain the coefficient of variation for support per pupil to less than or equal to .100 in FY 1999-2000 to ensure that approximate equivalent resources are made available for all students.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded by the general fund and the Lottery Proceeds Fund (Per R.S.39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.)
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 102.9% of the existing operating budget. It represents 98.4% of the total request ($2,197,070,284) for this program. The Total Recommended amount above includes an increase of $61,547,935 for normal growth as per HCR 245 of 1997 and a means of financing substitution that replaces $1,650,000 of General Fund with Lottery Proceeds.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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