La. school voucher program gets C grade on national report card

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Louisiana's high-profile school voucher program made a C on a national report card Wednesday, ranking seventh among 15 states. The report by the Center for Education Reform faulted Louisiana for imposing "excessively burdensome" financial requirements and state tests on schools, and for restricting eligibility to low-income students from low-performing school systems.

Louisiana tied with Florida in the rankings. Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin earned an A; North Carolina, Arizona and the District of Columbia, B.

Gov. Bobby Jindal has fought for the Louisiana Scholarship Program against state and federal lawsuits. It lets low-income children attend participating private schools at public expense if the students come from C-, D- or F-graded schools or are entering kindergarten.

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