A call for 'voucher' accountability
NEW ORLEANS - An architect of Louisiana's school accountability system says a state program that lets some New Orleans students go to private schools at taxpayer expense needs performance standards.
Leslie Jacobs, a former state education board member, said Tuesday that an analysis of standardized test scores by "Educate Now!," a New Orleans-based nonprofit group she founded, shows that many students participating in the voucher program performed worse than the students in the state Recovery School District, which oversees most public schools in New Orleans.
Gov. Bobby Jindal recently vetoed legislation that would have imposed performance requirements on the $10 million program, which pays tuition for students from low-income families, who were attending failing public schools in New Orleans. Jindal says he vetoed the language because parents need flexibility in choosing schools.