school vouchers http://wwno.org en School Voucher Legal Defense Costs Increasing By $750,000 http://wwno.org/post/school-voucher-legal-defense-costs-increasing-750000 <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The price tag for defending Gov. Bobby Jindal's education policies against legal challenges is growing.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">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.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:24:37 +0000 The Associated Press 52157 at http://wwno.org Justice Department Sues Louisiana Over School Vouchers http://wwno.org/post/justice-department-sues-louisiana-over-school-vouchers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Justice Department is suing Louisiana for issuing school vouchers to students in districts under desegregation orders. The federal government says the system is undermining racial balances in public schools.</span></p><p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 04:30:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 42479 at http://wwno.org Push for School Vouchers is Tactical http://wwno.org/post/push-school-vouchers-tactical <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/07/071113_SarahCarrOnVouchers_AJ2way.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Louisiana lawmakers went out of their way to add a $46 million line item to the state budget to allow more students from under-performing public schools go to private school through the voucher program <a href="http://wrkf.org/post/jindal-promises-continued-state-funding-vouchers" target="_blank">championed by Gov. Bobby Jindal</a>.&#160;<p>Both Wisconsin and Ohio have just pushed through major expansions of their voucher programs too. And both states -- like Louisiana -- are headed by Republican governors.<p>Sarah Carr, a writer for the <em><a href="http://hechingerreport.org/content/school-vouchers-make-a-comeback-stir-concerns-about-quality_9285/" target="_blank">Hechinger Report</a></em>, says these governors are being strategic in their support of vouchers.<p>"It’s a way for them to make a name for themselves pursuing an education agenda that’s typically been embraced by conservatives and trying even to some extent to one-up each other in creating a bigger and bolder voucher program."<p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:45:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 39365 at http://wwno.org Funding Formula, Legislative Process Focus Of Voucher Trial's First Day http://wwno.org/post/funding-formula-legislative-process-focus-voucher-trials-first-day <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201211/11F4401C-0DBC-B529-5C9B6BDE6E429AEC.jpg" alt="" /><p>The trial in the lawsuit from teacher unions and local school boards seeking to shutdown a statewide voucher program began Wednesday.<p>A state judge heard more than eight hours of complex testimony in 19th District Court.<p>&#160;<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/06/112912_Act2_Hearing_AJvoicer.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:59:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 37782 at http://wwno.org School Voucher Funding Up In The Air http://wwno.org/post/school-voucher-funding-air <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of parents, children, teachers and administrators rallied on the steps of the Capitol calling on lawmakers to find a new way to fund private school vouchers, chanting "You promised/ to put kids first."</span><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/05/051613_VoucherFUndingUpintheAir_CapitolAccessFINAL.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The old way to fund vouchers was ruled unconstitutional by the State Supreme Court last week because it routed money through a formula -- called the </span>MFP<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> -- that is dedicated to public schools.</span><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 14:32:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 35457 at http://wwno.org Interviews: LFT President Steve Monaghan, Reporter & Author Bob Sullivan http://wwno.org/post/interviews-lft-president-steve-monaghan-reporter-author-bob-sullivan Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan discusses the state Supreme Court ruling against Louisiana's private school vouchers program.<p>Author Claire Manes talks about her book, "Out Of The Shadow Of Leprosy", about her grandfather's struggle with Hanson's Disease at the Carville Hospital.<p>NBC investigative reporter and author Bob Sullivan on his book, "The Plateau Effect"<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/05/JES_050913.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><em> Wed, 08 May 2013 17:25:00 +0000 editor 34941 at http://wwno.org Jindal Promises Continued State Funding for Vouchers http://wwno.org/post/jindal-promises-continued-state-funding-vouchers <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/05/050813_VoucherRulingandBudget_CapitolAccess.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The State Supreme Court has ruled that the state can't pay private school tuition through the same funding channel as it uses to support public schools.<p>Now, Gov. Bobby Jindal is going to have to find another way to keep the voucher program going. Wed, 08 May 2013 13:59:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 34892 at http://wwno.org La. Supreme Court Rules School Vouchers Unconstitutional http://wwno.org/post/la-supreme-court-rules-school-vouchers-unconstitutional The Louisiana Supreme Court handed Gov. Tue, 07 May 2013 19:19:00 +0000 editor 34851 at http://wwno.org State Supreme Court Rules School Voucher Funding Unconstitutional http://wwno.org/post/state-supreme-court-rules-school-voucher-funding-unconstitutional Louisiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that money reserved for public schools can’t be used to pay for private school tuition under the state constitution.<p>The 6-1 decision, handed down Tuesday, undermines the school voucher program that was a keystone of the education overhaul pushed through the legislature by Gov. Jindal last year.<p>In a written statement following the ruling, Jindal said the program is, “alive and well.” Nearly 5,000 students are enrolled at private schools through the voucher program. Tue, 07 May 2013 16:43:00 +0000 editor 34836 at http://wwno.org Vouchers Threaten Public School's Turnaround http://wwno.org/post/vouchers-threaten-public-schools-turnaround The state Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a case against the statewide school voucher program.<p>At issue is whether private school tuition can be paid for with the funds that would otherwise go to struggling public schools.<p>At <a href="http://wrkf.org/post/voucher-program-transforms-christian-school">Hosanna Christian Academy</a>, the tuition is being used in the battle to bring voucher students up to grade level. Hosanna's intervention strategies were inspired by the turnaround efforts at public Winbourne Elementary.<p>&#160;<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/03/031913_PublicSchoolVoucherImpact_SL-SEDfeature.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:06:00 +0000 editor 31534 at http://wwno.org