private school vouchers http://wrkf.org en Voucher Funding in Limbo http://wrkf.org/post/voucher-funding-limbo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of parents, children, teachers and administrators rallied on the steps of the Capitol calling on lawmakers to find a new way to fund private school vouchers, chanting "You promised/ to put kids first."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The old way to fund vouchers was ruled unconstitutional by the State Supreme Court last week because it routed money through a formula -- called the </span>MFP<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> -- that is dedicated to public schools.</span></p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 14:32:46 +0000 Kelly Connelly 10481 at http://wrkf.org THURSDAY: LFT President Steve Monaghan, Author Claire Manes, Reporter & Author Bob Sullivan http://wrkf.org/post/thursday-lft-president-steve-monaghan-author-claire-manes-reporter-author-bob-sullivan <p>Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan discusses the state Supreme Court ruling against Louisiana's private school vouchers program.</p><p>Author Claire Manes talks about her book, "Out Of The Shadow Of Leprosy", about her grandfather's struggle with Hanson's Disease at the Carville Hospital.</p><p>NBC investigative reporter and author Bob Sullivan on his book, "The Plateau Effect"</p><p><em> Wed, 08 May 2013 17:08:36 +0000 Jim Engster 10077 at http://wrkf.org Education Overhaul Revisions Get Mixed Reviews http://wrkf.org/post/education-overhaul-revisions-get-mixed-reviews <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p>The governor announced Wednesday that 8,000 children have been offered a private school voucher for the second year of the program -- 3,000 more than enrolled with this year’s inaugural crop.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.15;">The voucher program, passed last session, allows parents of low-income families to take their kids out of schools rated C, D and F and send them to private schools on the state’s dime.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.15;">The program’s funding mechanism is awaiting judgement by the State Supreme Court, as are accountability measures, another part of the overhaul.</span></p><p>Meanwhile, bills are popping up this session to refine the overhaul.</p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 11:05:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 9779 at http://wrkf.org