Over the weekend the Institute for Humane Studies brought classical liberal and libertarian academics to Loyola University. They shared and debated the ideas of liberty with students and recent graduates.
‘National School Choice Week’ Highlights Success Stories, Teachers Unions Remain Skeptical
After 13 hours of stormy debate, Recovery School District schools may now petition for a new governing authority or a return to their previous governing authority.
A new report claims that more than one third of Louisiana’s higher education funds are wasted on non-graduating students. Harry Stille Ph. D., author of “Louisiana: Public Institutions,” believes loose admission standards contribute to an estimated $440 million annual waste – an “enormous cost for little results.”
Voucher programs not only provide students with access to better schools of their choosing, but cost as low as a quarter per student compared to public schools.
Student-based budgeting could incentivize Louisiana schools to make better use of their dollars
BATON ROUGE, La. – On Wednesday, Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education examined the prospect of assigning tax dollars to schools on an openly defined, per-student basis. Advocates of “student-based budgeting” assert the opportunity for “more transparent, competitive, and outcome-based school funding system than the current status quo.” Three out-of-state experts travelled to the capital to testify to its success with their districts.
New study says vouchers invite regulation; tax credits may not
“If Louisiana wants to give families the best possible educational options… the way to do that seems to be through a combination of education tax credits” – programs that cut taxes on individuals and enable scholarships for low income families. That’s the message from Andrew Coulson, author of a new working paper from the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom.
New film calls for reforms that challenge the education bureaucracy
“I thought there was no one with enough power to save us… I was waiting for Superman,” laments Geoffrey Canada. Now an education leader and prominent character in the new Davis Guggenheim film, Canada’s dire schooling experience sets the scene for a look at “the short end of the stick” that young Americans have been getting from government schools. (Article continues below.)
Boisterous crowd debates future governance of New Orleans schools
NEW ORLEANS – On Thursday night more than 600 people gathered at McDonogh #35 High School to debate whether and how the Recovery School District’s 68 schools ought to return to Orleans Parish School Board control. Over 80 people testified on State Superintendent Paul Pastorek’s transfer plan in an environment that was divisive and racially charged.
University’s broad prohibitions on email may be unconstitutional
NEW ORLEANS – Grambling State University is in a dispute over its prohibition of “disruptive or offensive” emails, which includes bans on all “joke emails” and offensive comments regarding “hair color.” These intrusions, along with prohibitions on political and religious discourse, have caught the ire of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, which have called for an immediate renunciation of the policy and denounced it as illegal.