school vouchers en School Voucher Legal Defense Costs Increasing By $750,000 <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 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 Push for School Vouchers is Tactical <a href="" 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="" 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="" 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 Funding Formula, Legislative Process Focus Of Voucher Trial's First Day <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" 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="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:59:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 37782 at School Voucher Funding Up In The 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="" 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 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="" class="asset-audio"></a><p><em> Wed, 08 May 2013 17:25:00 +0000 editor 34941 at Jindal Promises Continued State Funding for Vouchers <a href="" 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 La. Supreme Court Rules School Vouchers Unconstitutional The Louisiana Supreme Court handed Gov. Tue, 07 May 2013 19:19:00 +0000 editor 34851 at 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 Vouchers Threaten Public School's 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="">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="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:06:00 +0000 editor 31534 at