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Program B: Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund Program is to annually allocate proceeds from the Louisiana Quality Education Support fund for elementary, secondary, and vocational technical educational purposes to improve the quality of education.

The goal of the Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund Program is to allocate funds within the seven constitutional categories for innovative and exemplary programs that will positively impact student achievement or skills.

The program consists of the following activities: Exemplary Competitive Programs, Exemplary Block Grant Programs, Exemplary Statewide Programs, Research or Pilot Programs, Purchase of Superior Textbooks, Teaching of Foreign Languages, Scholarships or Stipends to Prospective Teachers, and Management and Oversight.

The Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund (Permanent Trust Fund) was established in 1986 by the Louisiana Legislature by which a permanent trust fund was created to receive the bulk of the proceeds from an offshore oil revenue settlement with the federal government. A separate Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund (Support Fund) was created in the Louisiana State Treasury to receive and hold the interest earnings from the trust. Fifty percent of the earnings in the Support Fund are constitutionally mandated to be appropriated by the Legislature and allocated by the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) for the enhancement of elementary, secondary and vocational-technical education.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. In FY 1998-99, the Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund Program will continue to show at least 80% of students participating in 8(g) early childhood projects mastering kindergarten readiness skills.

2. In FY 1998-99, the Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund Program will continue to show at least 90% of all elementary/secondary education projects demonstrating improvement in student academic achievement and/or skills proficiency.

3. In FY 1998-99, the Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund Program will continue to show at least 85% of elementary/secondary projects intending to reduce suspensions demonstrating a reduction of suspensions.

4. In FY 1998-99, the Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund Program will continue to show at least 85% of technical college projects demonstrating improvement in student vocational skill proficiency and/or basic skills achievement.

5. The Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund Program will ensure the effective and efficient use of funds by auditing at least 50% of all prior year projects in FY 1998-99.

1 Projects for the prior FY 1996-97 are currently being audited in FY 1998-99, figures will not be available until Spring 1999.

6. In FY 1998-99, the Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund will evaluate at least 50% of all (8g) funded projects on-site by an independent evaluator.

1 All projects (100%) are required to submit an end of the year report, which includes documentation of improved student academic performance or skill development.

7. In FY 1998-99, the Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund Program will allocate at least 70% of the 8(g) funds allocated to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education directly to schools for the implementation of projects and programs in classrooms for students.

8. By FY 1998-99, the Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund Program will show at least 85% of the workforce development projects demonstrating improvement in student vocational skills proficiency and/or basic skills achievement.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with statutory dedications from the Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund [8(g)] (Per R.S.39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund).

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$29,200,000

11

 

ACT 17 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$29,200,000

11

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 16, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$3,221

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

$3,936

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

$8,033,129

0

 

Adjust 8(g) revenue estimate per Official Revenue Forecast

$0

($69,286)

(2)

 

Means of Financing Substitutions: Replace statutory dedication with general fund to reflect changes in workload

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$37,171,000

9

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$7,971,000

(2)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 127.3% of the existing operating budget. It represents 81.1% of the total request ($45,802,009) for this program. Adjustments were made for merit, changes in staff financing as a result of changes in staff workload, and the annual budget was adjusted to reflect the official forecast plus anticipated carryforward revenues for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$8,661

 

Accounting and Auditing professional services

$1,000

 

Legal professional services

 

 

 

$9,661

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES AND INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

In accordance with Acts 949 and 1020 of the 1985 Legislative Session, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education submitted the following annual program budget:

 

 

 

 

Basic Budget

One Time Allocation

 

 

Competitive Allocations

 

 

 

I. Exemplary Competitive Programs Designed to Improve Student Academic Achievement or Vo-Tech Skills

 

 

 

 

$3,476,000                                   

$0

 

A. Elementary and Secondary Education (Grades K-12)

 

 

 

      1. Pre K-6 Reading

 

 

 

      2. K-6 math

 

 

 

      3. Technology

 

 

 

      4. Alternative Programs/School Redesign

$500,000*

$0

 

B. Vocational Technical Education (Public Postsecondary)

 

 

 

 

Block Grant Allocations

 

 

 

II. Exemplary Block Grant Programs Designed to Improve Student Academic Achievement or Vo-Tech Skills

 

 

 

 

$7,000,000

$0

 

A. Elementary and Secondary Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B. Vocational Education

$800,000*

$0

 

1. Extension

 

 

 

 

III. Preschool Programs

 

$3,250,000

$0

 

A. Basic Preschool Block

**

 

 

Special Preschool Block

 

 

 

 

Statewide Allocations

 

 

 

IV. Exemplary Statewide Programs Designed to Improve Student Academic Achievement or Vo-Tech Skills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A. Elementary/Secondary

$105,000

$0

 

1. Creative/Academic Scholars Program

$375,000

$0

 

2. Mini Grant Awards of Excellence

$1,000,000

$0

 

3. Statewide Distance Learning Network

$105,000

$0

 

4. Academic/Vocational Enhancement of BESE Special Schools

$200,000

$200,000

 

  5.  Instructional Enhancement Through Arts

$0

$3,000,000

 

  6.  Remediation/Early Intervention for High Stakes Testing (2 years)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B. Vocational Education

$100,000*

$0

 

1. Vocational-Technical Industrial Education (VTIE) Certification Program

$1,000,000*

$0

 

2. Statewide Quickstart Program

$1,000,000*

$500,000

 

3. Vocational Skills Enhancement Program

$0

$200,000

 

  4.   Internet Connections

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C. Professional Development Administrators

$300,000

$0

 

1. Principal Internship Program

$1,000,000

$1,000,000

 

2. Tuition Exemption Basic Program

$60,000

$0

 

        Writing Project

$0

$300,000

 

        National Teacher Certification Project (up to 3 years)

$1,000,000

$425,000

 

3. Innovative Professional Development Program

$500,000

$0

 

  4.  Multisensory Structured Language Programs

$1,000,000

$0

 

 5. LaSIP Math/Science Initiative

$200,000

$0

 

6. Rural Systemic Initiative

 

 

 

 

V. Research or Pilot Programs Designed to Improve Student Academic Achievement

 

 

 

 

$300,000

$125,000

 

A. Accelerated Schools

$200,000

$0

 

B. High Schools That Work Program

$750,000

$1,750,000

 

C.  Louisiana Educational Assessment Program

$0

$750,000

 

D.  Distinquished Educators (up to 3 years)

$0

$125,000

 

E.  Under-represented Minority Gifted

 

 

 

 

VI. Purchase of Superior Textbooks, Library Books, Equipment and Other Instructional Materials

 

 

 

 

$2,600,000

$0

 

A.  Purchase of Superior Textbooks, Library Books and/or Reference Materials

$350,000

$0

 

B. LA Advanced Math Program

$0

$625,000

 

C.  Classroom Calculators

 

 

 

 

VII. Teaching of Foreign Languages in Elementary and Secondary Schools

 

 

 

 

$200,000

$0

 

A. Foreign Language Model Program

 

 

 

 

Management and Oversight

 

 

 

 

$800,000

$0

 

Administration/Evaluation

 

 

 

 

$28,171,000

$9,000,000

 

SUB-TOTAL PROGRAMS*

 

 

 

 

$37,171,000

$0

 

TOTAL BUDGET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*If the Legislature funds any or all of these programs by July 1, 1998 with State General Funds, these allocations will be transferred to

III.B(**) on a dollar for dollar basis to provide additional funds for a Preschool program.

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

This program does not have funding for Acquisitions and Major Repairs for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.


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