Nice recap of New Living Word fiasco from Lamar White. Where are all the voucher supporters like LaBAEO now? Don’t they support choice without oversight or restrictions?
If LABEO is serious organizations really supporting vouchers as a valid “choice” they and other “choice” groups really need to do a better job self policing these applicants (or insisting on basic standards) since LDOE refuses to do so. The more fraud and abuse uncovered, the more the public will turn against these programs. But more importantly, the more children who will have their futures and future “choices” stolen from them. Are these groups really interested in the welfare of children, or simply adult “choices” regardless of their quality, safety, or fiscal responsibility?
Yesterday, after more than a year of sustained criticism in the state, national, and even international media, Louisiana Superintendent John White (no relation) announced the Department of Education was banning the New Living Word School in Ruston, Louisiana from participating in the so-called Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence Program (the SSEEP), more commonly known as the school voucher program. Under the direction of Governor Bobby Jindal and the majority Republican state legislature, Superintendent White is responsible for rolling out and implementing the most expansive school voucher program in the nation’s history, a program that potentially qualifies as many as 56% of Louisiana students.
And until very recently, New Living Word was the single-largest voucher school in the entire program, having initially been approved to triple its enrollment and provide 193 voucher slots. After considerable discussion, the state reduced the number of slots to 165, and according to Superintendent…
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