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 championed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.
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.
Sarah Carr, a writer for the Hechinger Report, says these governors are being strategic in their support of vouchers.
"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."
The Robeline Rocket -- aka Caleb Dillard, 18, of Robeline, La., -- is one of nine finalists competing in the PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge that wraps up today in Charlotte, N.C. Dillard is going through a three-day test behind the wheel of different race cars on a variety of courses. He’s the reigning champion of Sabine Motor Speedway in Many, La.
Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 10:06 am
Another visit with Opelousas state Senator Elbert Guillory, who recently switched to the GOP; making him the only black Republican in the state legislature. Guillory's video explaining why has gone viral, and he's appeared on numerous national talk shows.
Also, Fairleigh Cook Jackson, from the LSU Museum of Art, talks about the 10th anniversary of Art Melt
Jim talks with Louisiana Department of Revenue Executive Council Jason Decuir about the Governor's abandoned tax swap plan, the 2013 fiscal Legislative Session and the coming state Tax Amnesty program.
Author Steve Miller discusses his book, "Detroit Rock City", a series of stories of the Motor City's most famous and influential rock & rollers.
Ten families from California to New York will gather later this month at Lake Sam Rayburn in Brookeland, Texas, to meet their newest family members. Ten British Labradors have finished a year of training to become certified diabetic alert dogs. They alert Type 1 diabetics when their blood sugar level is in a dangerous range.
After 10 months and countless work hours, it’s almost time for the Bullard Solar Car Team to race. Six students from Bullard High School in Bullard, Texas, will drive their 800-pound solar car on a nine-day, cross-country race beginning at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and ending in Los Angeles.