Tag: louisiana and vouchers

School voucher mom: ‘This is going to help my children come out of poverty’

The school choice movement is growing because of real parents with real children, with real needs, who are seeing real benefits. In this video from Louisiana BAEO, parent LeAnn Mason talks about the upside of the voucher program in Louisiana, which is facing a constitutional challenge from the state teachers[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: School choice prospects in Mississippi, ESAs in Arizona and more

Mississippi: State lawmakers are expected to try again this year to pass charter school legislation, but some suburban Republicans continue to have concerns (Desoto Times Tribune). Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says there’s bipartisan support for charter schools (Associated Press). More from the Memphis Commercial Appeal. At least one lawmaker is talking[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: voucher testing in Florida, school choice prospects for the New Year and more

Florida: Incoming Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett talks about the idea of voucher students being required to take the same standardized tests as their public school peers (Tampa Bay Times’ Gradebook blog). Texas: Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst sees expanded school choice as part of a legislative agenda that aims to make[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Tony Bennett in Florida, voucher parents in Louisiana, charters in Washington & more

Florida: Tony Bennett is selected the state’s new education commissioner (redefinED). He tells reporters afterwards that he champions school choice first and foremost because of the social justice component (redefinED). A new group headed by T. Willard Fair,  co-founder of the state’s first charter school, aims to create a pipeline[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Louisiana voucher ruling, school choice aspirations in Mississippi & more

Louisiana: A district judge deems the state’s voucher program unconstitutional because of the funding mechanism it uses to send public dollars to private schools (coverage roundup at redefinED). A federal judge rules the recent expansion of vouchers and charter schools in Lousiana conflicts with one school district’s desegregation order (New Orleans Times Picayune). Mississippi: Gov. Phil Bryant is[Read More…]

Court rules against Louisiana vouchers

A district judge ruled Friday that Louisiana’s statewide voucher program is unconstitutional because of the mechanism it uses to send public funds to private entities, prompting groans from school choice supporters, cheers from teachers unions and promises of an appeal from Gov. Bobby Jindal. “Today is really significant,” said Steve Monaghan, president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers,[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: school choice and the courts, voucher growth in Indiana & more

Oklahoma: The state supreme court tosses out a lawsuit challenging a voucher program for special needs students, saying the two school districts that filed suit did not have standing (The Oklahoman). Indiana: The state supreme court hears arguments over the constitutionality of the state’s fledgling voucher program (Indianapolis Star). Enrollment[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: charter school flap in Florida, charter school records in California & more

Florida: A failing  charter school cuts its principal a $500,000 check as it was closing its doors (Orlando Sentinel). Charter school supporters are also angered (redefinED). Louisiana: State Superintendent John White is accused of lying to lawmakers about the state’s new voucher program (theadvertiser.com). White is also summoned to court[Read More…]