By a nearly 2-1 margin, it found strong backing for Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposal to expand the Student Scholarship for Educational Excellence Program — a limited voucher plan launched in 2008. The Student Scholarship for Educational Excellence Program currently serves 1,912 students. It offers vouchers which average $4,863 each to low-income pupils in New Orleans in grades K-6 only.
As the Louisiana Legislature kicked off with a bang this week, the political stage has been set for a series of historic battles that could drastically impact the direction of the state. While we can expect school choice, pension reform and some of Governor Bobby Jindal’s other top priorities to command media headlines, there is a quiet battle brewing over legacy lawsuits that could be just as important.
Politically active union leaders should refrain from separating teachers from their classroom responsibilities with standardized testing set to begin, business representatives and reform proponents are arguing in response to recent school board actions
Even if legislation aimed at converting the Orleans Parish scholarship program into a statewide school voucher system prevails over intense opposition, it will remain limited in scope, according to key lawmakers and top education officials who favor the policy change.
Study Shows Louisiana Students Can Benefit from More School Choice Statewide scholarships are contributing to rising test scores in Florida BATON ROUGE—As state lawmakers arrive in Baton Rouge next week, one of the first issues they’ll discuss is Gov. Bobby Jindal’s education reform plan to expand school vouchers statewide. In considering such an expansion, two…
Louisiana’s long road to education reform has been littered with repeals, phase-outs, incomplete implementations and the worst kind of politics. It should serve as a cautionary tale of what could go wrong during — and after — the 2012 regular session.
Superintendents and principals should have greater latitude over personnel decisions and instructional material, according to lawmakers and activists who support Gov. Bobby Jindal’s education agenda.
Should Louisiana primarily export or import the vast natural gas supplies that have been harvested in just the past few years? This question was explored at the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA) annual meeting held in New Orleans last week.
Tenure reform should be linked to a new teacher evaluation system set to go into effect later this year that makes use of student test scores, according to Gov. Bobby Jindal and top figures in education and business who back his reform package.
In his 2012 State of the Union address President Obama defends his personal convictions regarding the role of the government by twisting Lincoln’s own words on this matter. Lincoln did not say, “government should do for the people only what they cannot do better for themselves.” Rather, he said “in all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, the government ought not to interfere.”