voucher program

Jim talks with LSU Board Member and former State Senator Anne Duplessis about the public school voucher system and the National School Choice Week. Baton Rouge lawyer and politico Jim Brown stops by the studio to chat with Jim about local and national politics, as well as the legalization of marijuana, Mike Huckabee, much more.


Opposing opinions surfaced from state education leaders this week on whether the state should move forward on implementing national education standards called Common Core.  The ongoing struggle to fund higher education continued at a meeting of higher education officials Wednesday.

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.

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.

David Figlio, a professor of education, social policy, and economics at Northwestern University in Illinois, has been studying Florida's program since its inception.

He was skeptical at first.