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  • Officials set Feb. 27 application deadline for voucher program

    January 14, 2015 3:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The application period has opened for parents interested in sending their students to private school next year through Louisiana's taxpayer-funded voucher program. The state education department says applications for the 2015-16 school year are due Feb. 27. They're available at participating schools or online at www.louisianabelieves.com .... more »
  • Pro-voucher group seeks to undo order in La. case

    August 27, 2014 1:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A group supporting taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers is appealing a federal judge's order that Louisiana must provide regular reports to federal officials on the state's voucher program. U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle ordered the reports in April. He ruled that they are needed to make sure... more »
  • Judge: School voucher report order stands

    August 4, 2014 2:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An attorney says parents and the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options will probably appeal an order for Louisiana to send reports about its school voucher program to federal attorneys. Attorney Jonathan Riches (RICH-ez) of the conservative Goldwater Institute says the parents believe the U.S. Justice Department... more »
  • Pro-voucher group wants judge to back off order

    May 5, 2014 4:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Supporters of a private school tuition voucher program have asked a federal judge to cancel his April order requiring that Louisiana provide regular reports on the program to federal officials. U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle's order requires that Louisiana provide federal officials with a variety of reports,... more »
  • Mississippi enacting youth concussion law

    January 27, 2014 1:29 PM

    JACKSON, Ms. - Mississippi could enact a law requiring public and private schools to evaluate student athletes for concussion after they're shaken up during practice or competition. A player with a concussion would be banned from play until fully recovered. The House and Senate have passed House Bill 48 (http://bit.ly/1cWl94o... more »
  • Justice Dept. asks for delay in voucher case

    October 30, 2013 10:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for the Justice Department are asking for more time to provide documents to the state over a case involving the state's private school voucher program. The attorneys say the recent government shutdown has delayed their ability to compile the documents and have asked for a... more »
  • Parents' intervention at issue in voucher case

    October 30, 2013 7:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The fight over government-funded private school tuition vouchers is back in federal court. At issue in a Wednesday hearing is whether parents voucher students should be allowed to intervene in a court case linking the voucher issue to desegregation orders. The U.S. Justice Department filed... more »
  • State appeals voucher ruling in court check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 19, 2013 10:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Supreme Court justices will hear arguments this afternoon from state attorneys as they appeal the ruling against the controversial school voucher program. Supporters of the program gathered on the courthouse steps to hold a rally this morning. District Court Judge Tim Kelley ruled the... more »
  • 3 groups weigh in against vouchers

    March 15, 2013 6:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Three organizations opposed to Louisiana's private school tuition voucher program are weighing in on the issue ahead of state Supreme Court arguments next week. Americans United for Separation of Church and State, The Interfaith Alliance Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union said Friday they filed a... more »
  • State accepting school voucher applications

    February 13, 2013 10:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Applications are available for the Louisiana Scholarship Program for the 2013 - 2014 school year. Last year, more than 10,000 students applied for the controversial program. State Superintendent John White says they were only able to accommodate nearly 5,000 of those students and "that means we... more »
  • States high court to hear voucher case in March

    February 11, 2013 7:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's top court next month will hear the state's appeal of a Baton Rouge judge's ruling that Louisiana's expanded voucher program unconstitutionally divert public funds to private and parochial schools. The state Supreme Court is scheduled to entertain oral arguments March 19 in New Orleans. State District Judge... more »
  • Some La. voucher schools to face performance score

    July 23, 2012 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some private schools who participate in Louisiana's statewide voucher program will face performance scores similar to public schools, under planned accountability standards. The scoring and penalties for low-performing schools will apply to schools with sizable numbers of voucher students, estimated to be a quarter of the schools... more »
  • Jindal signs private school tuition tax break

    May 8, 2012 6:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a bill that creates a new tax break program that will give rebates for donations to voucher programs that allow students to attend private schools. Jindal says it will give children in failing public schools more opportunities to get an... more »
  • Private school parents questioning state's plan to offer free ACT test check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 19, 2012 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some people are upset over a new initiative in Louisiana to use taxpayer dollars to pay for every high school junior to take a college entrance exam for free. The move, costing $2 million a year, will be paid for from the State Department of Education's budget,... more »
  • Private school scholarship rebate passes La. House check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 13, 2012 1:35 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.... more »
  • A call for 'voucher' accountability

    July 5, 2011 5:42 PM

    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... more »
  • Judge seals evidence in federal sex case

    July 23, 2010 8:10 AM

    The evidence in a federal sex-crime case involving a former private school counselor has been sealed by a federal magistrate judge. The judge granted a joint motion filed by the government and defense, sealing a 24-page exhibit containing e-mails allegedly exchanged between Hargrave and a 14-year-old student. Hargrave, who served... more »
  • Study: Students in private school pilot score low

    July 13, 2010 5:56 AM

    A new study shows that a pilot plan backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that uses state tax dollars so certain students can attend private schools is producing low test scores. Former member of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Leslie Jacobs, conducted the review. The pilot program provides... more »
  • Doctor: Accused teacher mentally ill

    July 8, 2010 7:25 AM

    A psychiatrist says a former private-school counselor accused of a federal sex crime, is mentally ill and in need of treatment. Allison Hargrave is accused of using e-mail to entice a 14-year-old girl at Ascension Episcopal School in Lafayette to engage in sexual activity. Dr. Frank Ochberg, an expert in... more »
  • Enrollment period renews voucher debate

    March 23, 2010 6:27 PM

    More than a thousand new applicants for state-funded private school tuition in New Orleans pleases supporters of the voucher program. But it's a touchy subject for lawmakers in other areas of the state who fear the growth of the program means less moeny for public schools. Gov. Bobby... more »

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