|Posted on 6/26/2018 11:41:00 AM.|
cliff is officially gone as the Revenue Estimating Conference recognized
500-million dollars in revenue that will be used to shield TOPS, public
colleges and most state agencies from cuts after July 1st. Commissioner of
Administration Jay Dardenne led the meeting, one day after the governor signed
a new sales tax bill into law.
|Fiscal cliff, TOPS, higher education, Revenue Estimating Conference|
|Posted on 6/26/2018 10:00:00 AM.|
Higher education is celebrating the passage of the budget and tax plan that saves universities and TOPS from further budget cuts. Without the passage of the 4.45% sales tax bill, TOPS was on the block for a 30% cut and higher education was looking at tens of millions of dollars in cuts. Higher Education Commissioner Dr. Kim Hunter Reed credits the students who let their voices to be heard.
|TOPS, Higher Education Commission, Louisiana State University, budget|
|Posted on 6/25/2018 9:22:00 AM.|
Governor John Bel Edwards celebrated the passage of the budget bill at the end of a grueling start to the year that saw four total sessions needed to solve the state’s impending fiscal cliff that’s been at the center of state politics since short term taxes were passed two years ago. Edwards congratulated lawmakers on keeping healthcare and education off the chopping block.
|John Bel Edwards, special session, fiscal cliff, TOPS, healthcare, 2018, Louisiana|
|Posted on 6/25/2018 5:29:00 AM.|
A budget deal is on its way to the governor’s desk that fully funds higher ed, healthcare, and TOPS, and sets the state’s sales tax rate at 4.45% on July 1st through July 2025. The bill raises 466 million dollars for next fiscal year. Mandeville Senator and Republican Jack Donahue, the bill’s cosponsor, says it’s the compromise the legislature needed to get done.
|fiscal cliff, Louisiana, special session, 2018, TOPS, Medicaid, JP Morrell, Jack Donahue, Sharon Hewitt|
|Posted on 6/20/2018 5:16:00 AM.|
LSU Student Government hosts a rally at the State Capitol
today to call for full funding of TOPS and higher education. If lawmakers do
not act before the end of the fiscal year on June 30th, then students will face
a 30% cut to TOPS and a $21 million dollar reduction in funding for LSU.
Student Government President Stewart Lockett says they want to give students a
voice about their future.
|student rally, state capitol, TOPS, higher education|
|Posted on 6/15/2018 4:00:00 AM.|
Despite a budget that calls for deep cuts to higher ed, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System will not raise tuition or fees for the 2018-19 school year, continuing a two-year trend of keeping costs stable for students. LCTCS President Monty Sullivan says the state cannot continue to place the cost of education on the backs of students.
|LCTCS, Higher Ed, TOPS, Monty Sullivan, budget cuts|
|Posted on 6/13/2018 4:58:00 AM.|
Unless the state legislature approves additional revenue, TOPS will suffer a 30% reduction, a cost that will be passed right back to students and their families. Higher ed is also on the block for a substantial reduction, and Taylor Foundation Executive Director Dr. James Caillier says even if the state approves the funds, we’re already losing some of our highest performers, who are tired of the uncertainty.
|TOPS, scholarships, Louisiana, Higher Education, special session, fiscal cliff, 2018|
|Posted on 5/16/2018 3:30:00 PM.|
Louisiana education officials say the number of high school graduates entering college each fall has increased by 15% since 2012. A record 23,500 public high school students from the Class of 2017 enrolled in college last fall. State Department of Education spokesperson Sydni Dunn says high school programs geared toward college credits have helped the numbers grow.
|Sydni Dunn, FAFSA, TOPS, High School Programs|
|Posted on 5/10/2018 11:33:00 AM.|
Louisiana high schools posted an all-time high of 78.1% of
four year graduation for the class of 2017. That’s an increase of eleven
percent over the last ten years. Louisiana Superintendent of Education John
White says it’s a 4,000 student increase over last year.
|Louisiana Department of Education, graduation rates, TOPS|
|Posted on 5/3/2018 1:36:00 PM.|
Students who had the GPA, but were a few points shy of
qualifying for TOPS in high school could get another shot at the scholarship
under a bill that is almost to the governor’s desk. The legislation would allow
students who scored 17, 18, or 19 on the ACT, but have a 3.2 GPA after two
years in college to collect TOPS for their last two years. The bill’s sponsor
is New Orleans Senator Wesley Bishop.
|TOPS, ACT score, Wesley Bishop, |
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