Louisiana Department of Education

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*Updated 2:00 p.m. Friday June 12, 2020

Congress gave Louisiana more than $170 million last month through an emergency program meant to feed kids who usually receive free meals at school. But with the deadline for enrollment less than a week away, only about 60 percent of eligible children were enrolled.

Shawanda Jefferson picks up her four-year-old son at the unregulated child care center — her only option due to costs.
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The state has expanded the criteria for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to include “essential critical infrastructure workers,” according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Education.

The Nation's report card shows more Louisiana students are performing at proficient, but that the state still trails the rest of the country.
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The Louisiana Department of Education has just released a report on how quickly students are improving academically from year to year. It shows that, like last year, less than half of students are on track to master important math, reading and writing skills.

When it comes to approving a teacher pay raise, lawmakers appear to be on the same page. But how to fund other areas of education, that’s where Republican legislators seem to split with Governor John Bel Edwards.

Included in Governor John Bel Edwards’ budget proposal for next fiscal year is a fully funded TOPS scholarship program, an increase to higher education, and a $1,000 teacher pay raise. Left out is any additional money for early childhood education, a program whose funding could end up being a point of contention during the legislative session that starts in April.

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