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  • Pro-voucher group hits governor for cut proposal in TV ad

    April 26, 2016 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pro-voucher group is striking at Gov. John Bel Edwards in a new TV ad, criticizing him for a proposal to cut the program next year. The ad from the Louisiana Federation for Children, released Tuesday, accuses the Democratic governor of taking away school choice. ... more »
  • Court: La. doesn't have to continue reports on vouchers

    November 11, 2015 11:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court says the Justice Department cannot require Louisiana to provide periodic reports on enrollment and racial information on students participating in the state's private school tuition voucher program. U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle ordered the reports in April of 2014. He ruled that they... more »
  • Voucher enrollment drops slightly in Louisiana this year

    October 12, 2015 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Enrollment in Louisiana's taxpayer-funded voucher program has dipped a bit this year. The latest data from the state education department, released Sunday, shows 7,110 students are receiving vouchers from the Louisiana Scholarship Program for the current school year. That's 252 students fewer than last year, when... more »
  • Small overpayments found in La. voucher program

    August 1, 2014 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Auditors looking at state payments to private schools through Louisiana's $35 million voucher program found about $52,000 in overpayments during the last school year. Education Superintendent John White said Friday the money has been recouped from the schools, by backing the dollars out of the last round... more »
  • Appeals court reverses block of Jindal education policies

    February 25, 2014 12:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A ruling that blocked some of Governor Bobby Jindal's education policies has been reversed by a federal appeals court. In 2012, U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle blocked the implementation of new laws in Tangipahoa Parish on teacher tenure and state-funded vouchers in private schools. Opponents said... more »
  • Judge: Ensure vouchers don't promote segregation

    November 22, 2013 2:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal judge has given state and federal lawyers 60 days to come up with possible modifications to a longstanding court order in a 1970s civil rights case to make sure that the state's private school voucher program does not lead to segregation of schools. U.S. District Judge... more »
  • Judge: Ensure vouchers don't promote segregation

    November 22, 2013 7:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has given state and federal lawyers 60 days to come up with possible modifications to a longstanding court order in a 1970s civil rights case to make sure that the state's private school voucher program does not lead to segregation of schools. U.S. District... 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 voucher program grows

    October 21, 2013 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawsuits, funding concerns and questions of quality haven't stopped the growth of Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program. The program added more than 1,800 students this year, according to the first official tally for the current school year released Monday. The state education department said 6,751 students are... more »
  • Public records suit filed against superintendent

    September 10, 2013 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A college student from Baton Rouge has filed a public records lawsuit against Superintendent of Education John White. Zack Kopplin, who attends Rice University, says White and the Department of Education have refused to provide documents he's sought about the state's voucher program and a law that... more »
  • Governor defends state's voucher program

    August 27, 2013 6:22 PM

    AMITE- Governor Jindal and some national advocacy groups sound off on a lawsuit filed against the state over private school vouchers. Over the weekend the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit to put a block on the voucher programs in court ordered desegregated districts in the state. 34... more »
  • Justice Dept. tries to stop La. school vouchers

    August 24, 2013 2:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Justice Department is trying to stop the state from distributing school vouchers in any district that remains under a desegregation court order. In papers filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, the Justice Department said Louisiana distributed vouchers in 2012-13 to nearly 600 public... more »
  • Teacher's union says battle not over, even though vouchers are funded Play Video

    June 7, 2013 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Thousands of kids will go to private schools next fall thanks to the approval of the state budget this week. The Louisiana Association of Educators spoke out about how the state originally planned to pay for the program. Last year, the union filed a lawsuit against the... more »
  • Voucher supporters to rally at state capitol

    May 15, 2013 10:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Supporters of Louisiana's school voucher program will join Gov. Bobby Jindal this afternoon at a rally for the program. The state Supreme Court recently ruled that the method used to fund the program violated the state's constitution. Jindal swore the program would be funded by the... more »
  • Voucher program needs funding Play Video

    May 8, 2013 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A day after a court ruled the funding source for the state's private school voucher program was unconstitutional, lawmakers at the Capitol are discussing how to fund the program. In previous years, funding for a similar program in New Orleans was allocated in the general budget, known... more »
  • Future of school funding in question

    May 8, 2013 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers working on next year's budget now have new questions to answer when it comes to school funding. The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the state can't use its normal school funding formula for its voucher program. Critics of the program said doing so took... more »
  • Voucher controversy and uncertainty leaves parents in limbo Play Video

    May 7, 2013 10:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Private schools and Governor Bobby Jindal tell benefactors not to worry, but parents are the ones left in a state of uncertainty when it comes to vouchers. Tuesday, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled funding of the state's voucher program was unconstitutional. Lawmakers used money set aside... more »
  • Applications for tuition vouchers increases

    March 27, 2013 2:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana education officials say the state has received nearly 12,000 applications for state-funded private school tuition. That's up from about 10,000 last year - the first year that the tuition voucher program went statewide after being piloted in New Orleans. The increased interest comes despite a judge's ruling... more »
  • BESE approves K-12 funding plan Play Video

    March 7, 2013 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved Gov. Bobby Jindal's school funding formula for the 2013-2014 school year, which protects his school voucher program. Last year a judge ruled the funding formula unconstitutional. That case is on appeal with the state Supreme Court. ... more »

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