THE 1/2 PENNY VOTE IS APRIL 24TH
Currently, Tangipahoa Parish School Systems are facing a crisis — a lack of staff for our schools. On April 24th, Tangipahoa residents can vote on the ½ Penny sales tax to increase salaries for all school system staff.
THE STATE OF LOUISIANA WILL GIVE
TANGIPAHOA SCHOOLS AN ADDITIONAL
$5 MILLION A YEAR
If the 1/2 penny sales tax is passed.
Lack Of Funding
Tangipahoa Parish is 69th out of 69 districts in the state of Louisiana for the amount of local and state funding received for schools. However, we are number 3 in putting the money received back into the classrooms to benefit students. By increasing staff wages, the ½ Penny sales tax will continue to provide more opportunities for students. Meaning, when teachers salaries are increased, high school dropout rates decrease by nearly 4%, and student achievements increase by almost 10%. But that’s not all.
If the residents of Tangipahoa choose to fund the school system through the ½ Penny sales tax, the state of Louisiana will give Tangipahoa parish an additional $5 million that will go directly to student activities and programming.
Hear from the community
The 1/2 Penny sales tax would provide funding for more competitive wages for full-time Tangipahoa employees. Salaries are currently not high enough to compete with surrounding districts. Tangipahoa Parish custodians receive a 22.9% lower salary than the state average, and bus drivers receive 20.7% less than the state average for starting salaries. Competitive salaries will enable the Tangipahoa Parish School System to recruit and retain high quality staff for our parish schools.
• Provide before and after school programs
• Reduce classroom sizes
• Fund STEM and art classes
• Increase pathways for vocational certifications
• Expand pre-k 4 programs
The ½ penny sales tax won’t just benefit students
and staff, it will benefit the parish.
When we lack bus drivers, many students don’t have a way to get to school. When we lack custodians, schools are not safe and clean for students.
We need cafeteria workers, so students have meals at school. We need teachers, to reduce classroom sizes and have high quality staff instructing students.
Use Your Voice
HELP SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT THE ½ PENNY VOTE. SHOW YOUR SUPPORT ON SOCIAL MEDIA OR BY SHARING ABOUT THE TAX WITH A FRIEND.
Students Can't Vote. But You Can!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the 1/2 penny sales tax?
The ½ Penny sales tax will help the parish to recruit and retain high quality staff through more competitive wages. Our staff will be more inclined to stay within the parish with competitive wages.
*This tax will not be applied to grocery and prescription medication purchases.
Who Does This Benefit?
Teachers, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, and all full-time TPSS employees will all receive a 7% raise, but the ½ Penny benefits everyone! More people will be living, and therefore shopping, in Tangipahoa, which will pour funds back into our local businesses.
HOW DOES THIS BENEFIT STUDENTS?
Students will directly benefit from learning from high quality staff. By increasing teacher wages, high school dropout rates are reduced by 3-4% and student’s achievement increases by 5-10%. Also, students would receive more reliable bus transportation and a cleaner school environment with more bus drivers and custodians working in the parish.
Are there any other benefits
Yes! The State of Louisiana will give Tangipahoa an additional $5 million a year if the ½ Penny sales tax is passed. This funding will improve STEM and art classes, before and after school programs, and expand pre-k 4 programs. It will also reduce classroom sizes and provide more opportunities for vocational certifications.