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  • Increase in vouchers raises questions Play Video

    July 15, 2014 6:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This upcoming school year nearly 7,000 students will use vouchers to attend private schools paid for by the state and your tax dollars. The program was originally set up to provide options for low-income families as an opportunity for kids in failing schools to attend a... more »
  • La. voucher program enrollment again on the rise

    July 9, 2014 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 8,800 students have been awarded vouchers to attend Louisiana private schools with taxpayer dollars in the upcoming school year, a 30 percent growth in the program championed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Louisiana's voucher program, approaching its third year, has continued to grow since it was expanded... more »
  • State voucher defense costs increasing by $750,000

    January 14, 2014 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The price tag for defending Gov. Bobby Jindal's education policies against legal challenges is growing. The Department of Education is boosting its contracts for outside lawyers by $750,000, to represent the department in lawsuits against Jindal's voucher program that uses tax dollars to send children to private schools.... 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 »
  • Feds oppose parents' intervention in voucher case

    October 23, 2013 3:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The U.S. Justice Department says parents of Louisiana students attending private schools with taxpayer-funded tuition vouchers should not be allowed to intervene in a legal case linking the voucher issue to desegregation orders. Gov. Bobby Jindal, a voucher proponent, accused Justice lawyers Wednesday of trying to "muzzle"... more »
  • Governor slams voucher lawsuit in new TV ad

    September 20, 2013 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal is running a new TV ad statewide that attacks a federal lawsuit challenging his voucher program. In the ad, which is being paid with campaign funds, Jindal says the federal government is out of control. He says "know-it-alls in Washington think they know better... more »
  • Parent goes the distance to take her kids to voucher school Play Video

    September 19, 2013 6:17 PM

    WILSON - Two children attending Hosanna Christian Academy in Baton Rouge using school vouchers can't ride the bus to get there. That's because they live in Wilson, which is about an hour-and-a-half away by car. Their mother, Brittany Davis, drives them each day because she wants them to escape... more »
  • House GOP chiefs urge end to La. voucher challenge

    September 17, 2013 2:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican congressional leaders are urging the Justice Department to consider ending its move to block Louisiana from issuing new private school tuition vouchers in districts that remain under federal desegregation orders. Tuesday's letter to Attorney General Eric Holder says the department's... more »
  • State seeks to recover voucher money from school

    September 12, 2013 12:39 PM

    RUSTON - State Superintendent John White says the Louisiana Department of Education is working with state officials to recover money from a local school. The News-Star reports the state is seeking to recover $378,000 from New Living Word in Ruston, which was part of the Louisiana Scholarship Program for the... more »
  • State asks for more time in federal voucher case

    September 5, 2013 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Education officials asked for more time today to respond to a Justice Department petition seeking a stop to Louisiana's voucher program. The state Department of Education's motion said they needed more time to prepare information about students who received vouchers for the 2013-2014 school year. ... more »
  • Ruston school cut from Louisiana voucher program

    June 28, 2013 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A church-affiliated school in Ruston has been dropped from Louisiana's voucher program because it charged the state more for tuition than it did parents of non-voucher students. The Department of Education announced Friday that it was cutting New Living Word School from the voucher program, based on... more »
  • La. Supreme Court rules voucher funding unconstitutional Play Video

    May 7, 2013 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's highest court ruled today that the funding formula for Gov. Bobby Jindal's key education reform, school vouchers, violates the state's constitution. Today's ruling was 6-1, with Justice Greg Guidry dissenting. It affects Act 2, which diverts per-student funding to private and parochial schools to... more »
  • Indiana court: School vouchers give parents choice

    March 26, 2013 10:47 AM

    INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Supreme Court says the state's school voucher law primarily benefits families, not schools or religious institutions. The court upheld the law Tuesday. The justices rejected the argument that the law violates the state constitution's ban on public funds going to religious institutions, saying any benefit to... more »
  • La. Supreme Court hears arguments in voucher appeal Play Video

    March 19, 2013 6:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Arguments lasted for about an hour today at the Louisiana Supreme Court in the state's appeal of the school voucher funding formula. At stake is the ability to pay for Governor Bobby Jindal's centerpiece school reform, which a lower court ruled violated the state's constitution. 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 »
  • More schools added to Louisiana voucher program

    February 13, 2013 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More schools have been approved for Louisiana's voucher program next year, which means the number of students using taxpayer dollars to go to private schools will likely grow as well. The state Department of Education said another 16 schools were approved to take voucher students next... 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 »
  • Voucher program can continue in Tangipahoa

    January 16, 2013 2:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has ruled that the state can continue its private school tuition voucher program in Tangipahoa Parish, despite the Tangipahoa Parish School Board's claim that the program could affect a decades-old school desegregation case. A U.S. District judge had blocked the voucher program... more »
  • Ruling expected this afternoon in voucher lawsuit

    November 30, 2012 10:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Closing arguments ended a short time ago in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Bobby Jindal's new school voucher program. Judge Tim Kelley recessed the court until 2 p.m., at which time he plans to give his ruling. Teacher unions and school boards say... more »
  • Testimony wraps up in lawsuit against vouchers

    November 30, 2012 7:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A three-day trial in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program as unconstitutional is wrapping up. Baton Rouge Judge Tim Kelley asked lawyers to give their closing arguments Friday. It was unclear if he would rule immediately after their arguments or request additional information in the... more »
  • Testimony in voucher lawsuit continues Thursday

    November 29, 2012 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Testimony is continuing for a second day in a Baton Rouge trial over whether Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program is unconstitutional. Judge Tim Kelley said he expects to rule this week on the lawsuit from teacher unions and school boards seeking to shut down the vouchers... more »
  • Voucher student numbers to be tallied by next week

    September 6, 2012 7:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A count of how many Louisiana students are enrolled in private and parochial schools through the taxpayer-funded voucher program will be available next week. Barry Landry, a spokesman for the Department of Education, says schools participating in the program have until Sunday to report their enrollment... more »
  • Supreme Court refuses voucher program injunction

    August 16, 2012 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Supreme Court has refused to stop the launch of Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program, which began this month. The high court denied an injunction request by teacher unions and school boards to stall the voucher program as they challenge whether it is constitutional. A... more »
  • Hosana Christian Academy prepping for first day

    August 16, 2012 10:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hosana Christian Academy starts its school year with a lot of new students, many attending through new taxpayer-funded vouchers. The school is expecting more than 700 students, a record high for enrollment. Half of those will be attending because of the new statewide voucher program. ... more »
  • LAE says 2 schools are "holding off" on vouchers after lawsuit threat Play Video

    July 28, 2012 7:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two schools are backing away from taking voucher money after being threatened with a lawsuit, according to the Louisiana Association of Educators. "Some of them couldn't be contacted but at least two of them said they will hold off. " Says LAE President Joyce Haynes Earlier... more »
  • Appeals court allows La. voucher program to begin

    July 26, 2012 2:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state appeals court has upheld a decision that allows Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program to begin in August. Teacher unions and local school boards sought to block the start of the program as they challenge its constitutionality. But a three-judge appellate court panel agreed with... more »
  • BESE approves accountability plan for vouchers

    July 24, 2012 2:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's top education board has backed accountability standards suggested by Superintendent of Education John White for the private schools that will get taxpayer-subsidized students through the voucher program. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 9-2 Tuesday for the criteria. Schools in the voucher program that hit... more »
  • Voucher lawsuit set for Oct. 15 hearing date

    July 17, 2012 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An Oct. 15 date has been set for arguments in a lawsuit by teacher unions and local school boards challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program. Judge Tim Kelley chose the hearing date Tuesday in a meeting with lawyers for both sides in the... more »
  • Principal calls state voucher system "Catastrophic" Play Video

    July 5, 2012 6:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some school enrollments in East Baton Rouge Parish will more than double when school starts later this year if hundreds of vouchers are filled. Jehovah-Jireh Christian Academy on North Lobdell has educated hundreds of students over the past 25 years. Its principal, Glenda Colbert, is worried... more »
  • State launches defense of voucher program

    June 29, 2012 3:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - State officials are launching their legal defense of Louisiana's new tuition voucher program. The program lets thousands of students from low-performing public schools get taxpayer-funded private school tuition. Opponents' lawsuits say the program is unconstitutional for several reasons. One argument is that Louisiana's constitution requires that money... more »
  • Deadline to apply for new voucher program today

    June 29, 2012 5:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Time is running out for eligible families to apply for state-paid tuition to private schools. The voucher program was approved in the last legislative session. It allows students from low- to moderate-income families who attend low-performing public schools to switch to an approved private school and have... more »
  • New lawsuit filed against Jindal voucher program

    June 22, 2012 8:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Association of Educators boarded buses this morning on their way to file a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program. The organization's leaders lodged their challenge against the education changes Friday in Baton Rouge district court. They object to the use of the state's public... more »
  • Voucher program framework approved by BESE panel

    June 18, 2012 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education board has agreed to a framework for a new statewide voucher program that will use tax dollars to send children to private schools. But that framework does not have accountability standards required by the Legislature and still being devised by the Louisiana Department of Education.... more »
  • Voucher programs challenged in other states

    June 8, 2012 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- More teachers consider taking the governor to court over his education reform. The Louisiana Association of Educators could be next to sue over private-school vouchers. The Louisiana Federation of Teachers sued Thursday following teacher groups in other states where vouchers were challenged. For students, it quite... more »
  • Teachers file lawsuits against governor's education reform plan Play Video

    June 7, 2012 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's largest teacher associations among others filed two lawsuits Thursday morning challenging parts of Governor Bobby Jindal's education reform plan. It took the Louisiana Federation of Teachers and other smaller teacher groups less than an hour to file two lawsuits at the 19th Judicial District... more »
  • Lawmakers concerned about vouchers funding Muslim school

    June 5, 2012 11:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Legislature passed a funding plan for public schools on the last day of session, but not before debate which included a discussion about what types of schools could benefit from Governor Bobby Jindal's voucher plan. The plan makes vouchers or scholarships available to some students... more »
  • Education officials detail voucher schedule

    May 30, 2012 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Education released their schedule today explaining how Louisiana's new voucher program would be implemented over the summer. The LDOE already released a list of more than 120 schools in 33 parishes which were approved to participate in the Louisiana Scholarship Program. ... more »
  • Romney to propose voucher-like education overhaul

    May 23, 2012 11:24 AM

    NEW YORK- Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is proposing a voucher-style system that could fundamentally change public education in the United States. The former Massachusetts governor was expected to outline the plan during a speech Wednesday to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington. A Romney aide said the candidate... more »
  • DOE accepting voucher applicants, announces schools

    May 22, 2012 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 5,000 students can get new taxpayer-funded voucher slots at private schools, under a law passed this session expanding a New Orleans voucher program statewide. The state education department announced Tuesday that in addition to the 2,300 existing voucher slots available to New Orleans students, seats... more »
  • Schools decide on voucher system

    May 10, 2012 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - School systems have about a week to decide if they will allow students from failing schools into their "A" and "B" schools. It's a tricky situation, because money is a factor most systems are worried about. Some in our area have decided against allowing students,... more »
  • Zachary schools "flip-flop" on vouchers Play Video

    May 8, 2012 6:14 PM

    ZACHARY - Zachary's independent school system changed their minds on whether to allow students with vouchers from failing schools. Superintendent Warren Drake's final answer is "no." Back in April, the schools voted to allow thirty students from schools with failing scores. That would mean fifteen kindergartners and fifteen first... more »
  • Jindal to sign voucher bill

    April 18, 2012 7:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Catholic elementary school in Baton Rouge is the setting for Gov. Bobby Jindal as he signs legislation reshaping numerous aspects of public education in Louisiana, including a bill allowing the state to fund private school tuition for some students. Wednesday's bill signing ceremony takes place at... more »
  • Education reforms bills advance in LA House

    March 23, 2012 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal's educational reform package passes another hurdle after another late night debate. The bills make sweeping changes to teacher tenure and establishes a voucher program. It is designed to help students in poor performing public schools attend private schools with the use of public money. ... more »
  • White: Voucher program will draw few at first

    March 6, 2012 2:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - If lawmakers approve a statewide program enabling some low-income families to send their kids to private schools at public expense, Louisiana's education superintendent expects it to start small. Gov. Bobby Jindal has proposed expanding a voucher program already in place in New Orleans. It allows lower... more »

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