Skip to comments.Louisiana's bold bid to privatize schools
Posted on 06/01/2012 4:17:37 PM PDT by redreno
Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class kids will get vouchers covering the full cost of tuition at more than 120 private schools across Louisiana, including small, Bible-based church schools.
The following year, students of any income will be eligible for mini-vouchers that they can use to pay a range of private-sector vendors for classes and apprenticeships not offered in traditional public schools. The money can go to industry trade groups, businesses, online schools and tutors, among others.
Every time a student receives a voucher of either type, his local public school will lose a chunk of state funding.
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This is amazing. If this experiment works, expect to see Louisiana’s population grown exponentially.
Look for the U.S. Dept of Ed., the NEA, and Libs to cry.
Libtards don't cry, they sue...
I expect a court challenge...
Even without vouchers something like 30% of New Orleans schoolkids went to private school (this was pre-Katrina — not sure what it is now).
According to family members in Louisiana, this has it ultimate roots in Hurricane Katrina. When Katrina devastated New Orleans, it damaged/shut down many, many public schools. And the political bureaucracy was moving at a snail's pace to get them re-opened. Unsurprisingly, the Catholics had gotten their schools back up and running in a few weeks.
So many students were being left uneducated that the Catholic church opened the doors of Catholic schools to many of the public school students "until the public schools re-opened" as an act of charity. This worked out so well for the kids that the kids didn't want to go back to the public schools.
This example convinced many formerly "anti-voucher" pols that vouchers might not be so bad after all.
They’ll still cry to the media and in front of the cameras as well as sue.
We lived in Baton Rouge 79-81.
Our homeowners school tax was $34 per year!!! (Gives you a good idea of the quality.)
Also, even then, a majority of students attended some other (usually parochial) schools.
I think that state could easily make the transition.
What are the odds of this happening in FLA???
AWESOME! This can only lead to good things! Competition for kids, better educations for all!
Instead of parents who pay taxes, and then pay extra for good Christian education at private schools, it can open some doors! Christian schools need to be pretty selective about who they let in though.
My father in law teaches at Holy Cross High School in NOLA. I was really amazed at how quickly they 1) found everyone (hubby and I were living in Germany at the time of Katrina, and posted on a local newspaper forum in the searching for section, and I couldn’t believe how many emails I got from students, current at the time and former who wanted me to know that they were praying for him and us, and then after a few days, piles of emails from other teachers, students, and parents of students letting me know where he was) and 2) how quickly they had the school up and running again.
That depends on how many conservatives regularly work with their elected officials. Inform them and demand that they stop supporting the Pooblik Skool Collective.
A great concept.
I could say ‘it’s a miracle” but it isn’t really. In every case where “informal voluntary associations” have been in or have come into existence in such emergencies, the result has been the same. The “voluntary groups” have consistently kicked the pants off of the government sanctioned and/or run “official” emergency responders in responding and getting things “up and running” again.