Teacher stipends axed in proposed state budget

    A state budget proposal approved by Louisiana lawmakers on Tuesday looks to cut public school teacher stipends and reduce the number of early childhood education seats in favor of funding other education initiatives, Louisiana Illuminator reports.

    The spending plan OK’d by the House Appropriations Committee reduces teachers’ $2,000 pay stipend to $1,300—a cut saving the state $71 million. Another $24.3 million was cut from early childhood education, cutting an estimated 2,000 seats for next school year.

    The committee also shuffled money toward initiatives that were previously facing cuts, including $7 million for domestic violence shelters and another $3.7 million toward a summer feeding program for children.

    Read the full story about this year’s budget.