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NOCCA FACING BUDGET CUTS

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  • Susie Labry
    I just got this from NOCCA, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, which is vital education for our film industry students to be prepared in the film
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1 12:11 AM
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      I just got this from NOCCA, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, which is vital education for our film industry students to be prepared in the film industry. My friends who have gone to NOCCA have had successful careers because of this education. This is serious, Please read below and contact your State Senators and Representatives and Governor NOT to cut vital and proven education from our students.

      RE: HB1 by Rep. Fannin
      Regarding NOCCA see
      http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=637831
      Page 195 of 236

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      NOCCA FACING BUDGET CUTS: PLEASE HELP TODAY!

      THE ISSUE: Governor Jindal's budget recommendations this year include a devastating 20% cut to NOCCA's operations.

      THE STATUS: It's not over yet! Representative Walt Leger sponsored an amendment to the [b]Budget Bill[/b] restoring adequate operating funds to NOCCA. We want to keep this amendment intact! If it remains, NOCCA should not have to eliminate any of its programs, lay off staff, or deny admission to students due to decreased capacity.

      WHAT YOU CAN DO: Please take five minutes today to write your legislators and urge them to protect Louisiana's gifted students and the opportunities that NOCCA offers. When writing your legislators, here are four things we ask you to do:

      1. Please thank them for their support of NOCCA. The vast majority of elected officials understand and appreciate NOCCA, and we consider them great friends.

      2. Please ask them to protect NOCCA and the benefits it offers to the children of Louisiana. The budget bill, as amended, provides adequate support for the 2009-10 school year. We just want to make sure the bill stays as it is.

      3. Please tell them your story about why NOCCA matters to you, to your family, and to the state of Louisiana.

      4. Please copy jknowles@...

      Here is where you can find e-mail addresses for your elected officials:

      http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Reps/H_Reps_Email.asp
      http://senate.legis.louisiana.gov/Senators/E-mail.asp
      If you're unsure, you can look up legislators by your street address:

      http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Reps/H_Reps_ByAddress.asp
      http://senate.legis.louisiana.gov/Senators/ByAddress.htm
      Finally, here are some phone numbers, if you would like to call your legislators:

      http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Reps/H_Reps_FullInfo.asp
      http://senate.legis.louisiana.gov/Senators/Offices.asp

      On behalf of the many talented students who attend NOCCA today, and the many more who will enroll in the record-breaking 2009-10 school year, we thank you for your help on this very important issue!

      [b]THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT NOCCA[/b]

      NOCCA is Louisiana's arts conservatory, providing nearly 1,000 middle and high school students from 23 parishes statewide with top-level arts-training.

      NOCCA provides an outstanding return on the state's investment. This school year, a $5.9 million operating budget has already yielded over $8.5 million in college scholarships for NOCCA's 93 graduating seniors.

      NOCCA received a record number of applications this year from students from across the state. Over 1,000 middle and high school students set their sights on NOCCA for the next school year.

      NOCCA was the only educational institution in the entire state to take a midyear budget cut in 2008-09. NOCCA had to eliminate four staff positions in that cut.

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