Questions Raised About Louisiana Nonpublic Approvals

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Louisiana's Constitution and a court decision require that for any nonpublic school to receive state funds the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education must certify that it has "curriculum or specialized course of study of quality at least equal to that prescribed for similar public schools."

But whether that requirement is being met before the state dishes out millions of dollars to private and parochial schools is questionable.

"We don't look at the quality of the curriculum," said BESE member James Garvey of Metairie, who co-chairs the board's School Innovation and Turnaround Committee.

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