OPEN Partners With Community Organizations in Calling On BESE to Support More Equitable Funding Formula

In a statement released on February 24, OPEN joined with in the movement calling upon the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to create a more fair and equitable funding formula for our schools.

Click here to read the letter in its entirety.

EXCERPTED: “This March, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) will have the opportunity to approve a school funding policy for New Orleans that ensures schools serving significant populations of our city’s students with high-needs receive the funding they need to provide an excellent and equitable education to all their students. The formula currently under consideration would route additional funding to schools serving students with disabilities, English language learners, significantly over-age students, as well as those identified as gifted or talented…

When confronted with decisions on how to allocate limited resources, students in our city who may face a more challenging road to academic excellence should receive the additional resources necessary to provide them with an equitable opportunity to achieve their dreams.

We urge BESE to approve a formula that sufficiently and equitably funds schools based on the needs of their students. Approval of a funding formula that truly differentiates according to our students’ needs is vital to continuing the progress we have made and is a clear demonstration of New Orleans’ commitment to equity for all students.”

Participating organizations include the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, New Schools for New Orleans, VAYLA New Orleans, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, the New Orleans Parents’ Guide to Public Schools, STAND for Children, Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools and the Youth Empowerment Project.

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