Recommendations on money for schools gets trimmed to 4 items

Steve Monaghan addresses members of BESE.
Steve Monaghan addresses members of BESE.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The public is weighing in on how Louisiana officials spend $3.5 billion within its schools.

The task force made recommendations to the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) last week.

Those recommendations were trimmed down to four items: an overall increase in funding, more money for students with severe special needs, support for career classes and the support for the course choice program.

The president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers was also on-hand for the meeting to talk about teacher pay.

"Teacher salaries, school employee salaries have stagnated," said Steve Monaghan, LFT president. "If they don't move, the teachers' condition is ultimately going to affect the learning conditions."

BESE must send the final formula to the Louisiana Legislature by March 15.

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