In a legislative session filled with budget uncertainties – one of the biggest wins for students was the legislatures commitment to protect funding for early education programs for the second year in a row. Lawmakers also showed just how much they believe in the power of early childhood education by increasing School Readiness Tax Credits by $5 million.
Over 30 Stand for Children Parents attended two official lobby days, where they spent time speaking to legislators about the importance of preserving funding for early childhood education.
Stand for Children also worked to protect parental choice, accountability measures, high standards and aligned meaningful testing to gauge student growth and needs.
Ten educators had one-on-one meetings with their representatives, six educators submitted virtual testimony on two bills that were successfully defeated and seven educators worked on op-ed in support of positive changes in LA. These educator members and LEAD fellows helped to defeat attacks on accountability and high standards by taking the time to email, call or send video messages to their Education Committee members, urging them to make decisions in the best interests of students.
Vital funding for the TOPS scholarship program also remains fully funded for the next school year, another win for Louisiana students, in a year that forced some tough budget decisions to be made.
- 6 of the 10 bills supported by Stand for Children passed eventually passed through committee and will be made into law.
- 8 of the 10 bills that Stand for Children Louisiana opposed, including attacks on accountability and standards failed.
- We were also able to work with legislators to ensure that 2 of the 10 bills we originally opposed were amended to better reflect the intentions of the author.
Stand for Children Parent and Educator members and leaders know that what happens at the statehouse in Baton Rouge, has a direct impact on the lives of their children and the classroom. That is why they take the time to Stand Up and make their voices heard during legislative session.
We appreciate the leadership of those elected officials who are student-centered and who believe that every child, regardless of background, can achieve their dreams for college, career and beyond.