The success of the system of public schools in New Orleans rests on many factors, but none is more important than ensuring financial health and sustainability. The Cowen Institute works to understand the scope of the complex financial situation resulting from the fragmented and decentralized management of schools, secure adequate funding for schools, and ensure fiscal responsibility and equitable distribution of funds. Currently, we are researching, drafting, and advancing policy and legislative recommendations to address the inequities in funding for schools, specifically addressing local and state allocations. The Cowen Institute also works closely with the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB), the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE), the Recovery School District (RSD) and other partners to ensure both transparent and accurate financial reporting.
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Louisiana’s Minimum Foundation Program Formula: Analyzing the Results
This publication analyzes the outcomes of Louisiana’s minimum foundation program formula from many perspectives and reviews other publications that compare state funding formulas.
A Look at School-By-School Finances in New Orleans, 2009-2010: An Addendum to the March 2011 State of Public Education in New Orleans: School Finances
This publication supplements the March 2011 with new school-level financial data for the 2009-2010 school year.
The State of Public Education in New Orleans: School Finances
This publication describes the financial circumstances of public schools in New Orleans by providing a “bird’s eye” view of revenues and expenditures, and addresses the issues associated with a multi-district system of schools.
Louisiana Education Funding and the Southern Regional Average
During the 2010 Regular Legislative Session, the Cowen Institute policy team testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee in support of Senate Concurrent Resolution 20 to increase baseline funding for schools by 2.75%. The Cowen Institute also made a similar presentation to the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) at the August 2010 board meeting.
General information on public education financing in Louisiana
This paper provides a brief overview of the funding streams for public schools in New Orleans and Louisiana.
Public Education in New Orleans: A Financial Analysis
This report takes a comprehensive look at publicly available financial documents for the Recovery School District (RSD), Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB), and a number of individual charter schools. It also includes recommendations to improve the fiscal practices and the financial health of schools and both districts in the future.
The State of Public Education in New Orleans
These publications are part of a series that the Cowen Institute produces on a regular basis about the state of public education in New Orleans. The reports include a comprehensive description of the current system, including information specific to school funding.
- 2012 State of Public Education in New Orleans July 2012
- 2011 State of Public Education in New Orleans July 2011
- The State of Public Education in New Orleans: School Finances March 2011
- The State of Public Education in New Orleans: School Facilities December 2010
- The State of Public Education in New Orleans: Five Years After Hurricane Katrina July 2010
- 2010 State of Public Education in New Orleans March 2010
- Public School Performance in New Orleans, A Supplement to the 2008 State of Public Education in New Orleans January 2009
- 2008 State of Public Education in New Orleans April 2008
- 2007 State of Public Education in New Orleans April 2007
- Budget Cuts Pose Threat to the Recovery School District’s Success 6/6/2011
- Nifty New Financial Reports from the Louisiana Department of Education 5/12/2011
- Private School Vouchers in New Orleans 3/28/2011
- Orleans Parish Property Taxes and Local School Funding 2/28/2011
- Good audit for the RSD; Potential Legislative changes in the future 1/6/2010
- Race to the Top Round Two: Not in the Cards for Louisiana 8/31/2010
- Edujobs Funding for Louisiana Teachers at Risk 8/18/2010
- Congress Passes Education Jobs Funding: What’s the Local Impact? 8/13/2010
- LDE presents RTTT application this week! 8/9/2010
- Opinion: Jindal must sincerely support education New Orleans City Business, 1/4/2012
- EBR schools need visionary leader Baton Rouge Business report, 6/15/2011
- Scott S. Cowen Institute Releases Public School Finances Report WWNO, 4/7/2011
- Student fees vary widely throughout Orleans public school system Louisiana Weekly, 4/4/2011
- Spending varies widely at charter schools in New Orleans Times-Picayune, 3/15/2011
- Minimum Foundation Program Louisiana Public Broadcasting, 3/11/2011
- Group says audit shows need to change RSD finances New Orleans City Business, 1/7/2011
- Schools inspector general will watch over $1.8 billion FEMA grant spending Times-Picayune, 9/19/2010
- Finally, FEMA will pay up: A letter to the editor Times-Picayune, 9/1/2010
- New Orleans public schools assessment 5 years after Hurricane Katrina Times-Picayune, 7/30/2010
- Deeper cuts sought for Orleans public schools Times-Picayune, 6/3/2009
- Louisiana K-12 Public Education Document Archive (District budgets & charter school financial audits)
- Recovery School District’s Budget Web Page
- Orleans Parish School Board’s Budget Web Page
- Louisiana Department of Education’s Web Page on MFP Funding
- Charter School Financial Audits