public school http://wrkf.org en School Turnaround Funds Repurposed http://wrkf.org/post/school-turnaround-funds-repurposed <p>Federal funds dedicated to the turnaround of struggling Louisiana public schools have been repurposed.</p><p>The state Department of Education is using $5 million to issue grants to conceive new schools and allow high-performing schools to take on more students.</p><p>Almost 200,000 students are attending schools rated D or F. State Supt. John White said traditional public school systems that have been getting turnaround money are not drawing down that number.</p><p>“The pace of change has just not been fast enough for us not to consider a new path,” White said.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:25:43 +0000 Frank Barnett 7541 at http://wrkf.org In Florida, Vouchers Bring Modest Improvement to Public Education http://wrkf.org/post/florida-vouchers-bring-modest-improvement-public-education <p><span class="BodyCopy">Late Thursday night, the state house passed a bill that would allow public school dollars to be used to send students from low-income families attending failing schools to private schools instead. The legislation, which is a cornerstone of Governor Bobby Jindal's education reform plan, could hit the Senate floor this week. </span></p><p class="BodyCopy">The voucher program is modeled in part after a program in Florida, which was the first state to try vouchers on a large scale a decade ago.</p><p class="BodyCopy">David Figlio, a professor of education, social policy, and economics at Northwestern University in Illinois, has been studying Florida's program since its inception.</p><p class="BodyCopy">He was skeptical at first.</p><p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 2733 at http://wrkf.org In Florida, Vouchers Bring Modest Improvement to Public Education