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  • Louisiana school voucher program before US appeals court

    June 1, 2015 4:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal appeals court in New Orleans is set to hear arguments on whether the state must report to the U.S. government about schools and families in Louisiana's program to provide some students with taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear... more »
  • Parents prepare for school voucher deadline Play Video

    January 14, 2015 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Parents preparing to apply for state education vouchers for their children next year told News 2 getting one is like winning the lottery. "My kids' attitudes, they have great personalities now," said Ruby Moberly, mom of four. "[They] were in the [East Baton Rouge Parish] school... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »

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