Consider a half-cent sales tax, dedicated to educators' salaries ' but only through endowed funds. Eighty percent would go to the Community Foundation for K-12 education, 20 percent to the UL Foundation.
Consider UL, which gets a 40 percent state match. UL could find donors for further matches: $300,000 from taxes, $300,000 from donors, $400,000 from the state ' a $1 million chair, yielding $50,000 a year.
But universities generate a seven-fold multiplier. So $300,000 in taxes gives $50,000 a year. So $50,000 times seven generates $350,000 ' an immediate profit. But while each $300,000 is a one-time investment, the corresponding $350,000 per year is generated in perpetuity.
Next, consider that better faculty generate intellectual property, grants funding and support for local industry. They also recruit more students, who swell enrollments, another immediate impact. But those students provide a continually growing resource for infrastructure, leadership, and entrepreneurship, in the pivotal fields of technology, education, medicine, business, culture and tourism.
Now modify the model for our schools. First, three-fourths of the invested 80 percent (60 percent of the total) might supplement salaries for all teachers. The other one-quarter (20 percent) is leveraged against donations. With sliding scales based on the school lunch program, donors would give 30 to 60 percent matches for naming rights of a K-12 chair. These matches produce endowments of $200,000-250,000, augmenting superior teachers' salaries $10,000 to 12,000 a year. Private schools could also be eligible for this chair match program. The matches and multipliers here are smaller; it might take five to 10 years for yields to exceed investments. But thereafter, the funds generate ever-increasing returns into the economy, far above what they take in.
With growth in perpetuity.
But the benefits precede salary increases: the very best teachers across the U.S. know that they could enjoy ever-increasing salaries in Lafayette, even more so if they merit a chair.
Better schools will help us recruit better employees and industries, further growing our economy, producing even more taxes for government and schools. This plan will also increase our funding under the Minimum Foundation Program, further enhancing Lafayette.
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.
Sen. Fred Mills may have an "R" behind his name, but his actions in the Louisiana Legislature transcend the established boundaries of his party.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.