Louisiana’s Supreme Court rules the current funding mechanism for the statewide voucher program is unconstitutional.
When Hosanna Christian Academy decided to take on nearly 300 voucher students, they knew many of them would be behind academically. But principal Josh LaSage says he really wasn’t expecting so many of the voucher students to be so far behind.
Louisiana’s Supreme Court has now heard oral arguments over the constitutionality of the law establishing a statewide voucher program.
Without court-ordered desegregation, many school districts have struggled to find strategies to maintain racial balance and diversity. Many parents now choose the neighborhood school for their children rather than sending them long distances away, even for a program that might be considered high quality—like magnet schools. Districts are finding that many parents of all ethnic groups no longer view racial balance as a top priority in educating their children. In Nashville, public school officials are finding it a challenge to balance school improvement plans with a desire for racial diversity.
While opposition to for-profit public schools in Mississippi is grows fierce, their share of the market nationally is shrinking. In 2007 about half of charter schools that entered into management contracts did so with a for-profit company. Three years later ,that number fell by 25%. Many states outlaw them altogether and others – including Mississippi – may follow suit.
Undeterred by adverse court rulings, the Louisiana Department of Education is forging ahead with overhauls approved by the state Legislature last spring – including a plan for funding pre-K programs.
A state court judge rules Louisiana’s voucher program is unconstitutionally funded. Governor Bobby Jindal vows to appeal.