Posted: Mar 13, 2012 1:35 PM by Russell Jones, Mike Steele
Updated: Mar 13, 2012 6:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - The first piece of Gov. Bobby Jindal's education reform package made it out of a House committee today.
The House Ways and Means Committee passed HB 969, which would allow the state to give tax rebates to people who make donations for private school tuition scholarships. The bill passes on to the full House for a vote next.
Jindal argues taht the scholarships funded by those donations would make it easier for students in underperforming schools to go to a better-performing private school.
Today, some lawmakers on the committee expressed concern such scholarships would cripple public education by allowing students to leave public schools, which get state funding based on how many students they have, in droves.
Supporters of the bill argued that students would leave bad schools anyway, costing them state funding either way.
Mike Steele will have more on the debate tonight on News 2 at 5.