Louisiana State Superintendent begs Private Schools to Take More Voucher Students– and Offers More State Money to Help Them Do So

Posted by Libergirl

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Daytime television has nothing on the pathetic saga of non-success that is the Louisiana voucher program (reformerspeak: “Opportunity Scholarship Program”).

Vouchers were piloted in New Orleans in 2008 and offered to the public beginning the 2012-13 school year. However, the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee asked Louisiana State Superintendent John White about “due diligence” regarding his awarding voucher seats to schools without having conducted site visits. The now-infamous May 2012 “muddying the narrative” emails between White and Jindal administration officials indicate that White concocted a shady after-the-fact “due diligence” in an effort to cover his behind.

White allowed schools like New Living Word in Ruston to participate in the 2012-13 voucher program despite publicized concerns over adequate facilities, only dismissing the school from the voucher program after the state had overpaid it.

Then there is the issue of using money earmarked for public schools, Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) funding, as…

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