Superintendent supports one-time stipends for Louisiana teachers over permanent pay raises

Louisiana Education Superintendent Cade Brumley announced his support Monday for one-time stipends for teachers over permanent pay raises. 

His stance came in a resolution he presented Monday to the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) Task Force. It requests the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and Legislature create a temporary stipend for teachers in the 2024-2025 budget. 

Every year BESE approves a Minimum Foundation Program formula to determine how much money the state spends per pupil at K-12 public schools. The MFP Task Force includes policy experts, educators and key stakeholders in the conversation to inform BESE members and lawmakers. 

The task force is only an advisory panel, so BESE doesn’t have to follow its recommendations. 

Legislators cannot make changes to BESE’s formula proposal, so it must be accepted in its entirety or not at all. Last year, the Legislature rejected the MFP formula after lawmakers disagreed on a $61 million allocation for differential pay that BESE refused to remove. Differential compensation allows school districts to distribute money as needed for high-performing teachers and those in critical-need areas. 

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