Vouchers Away: Louisiana Leading the Way to Privatization of Public Schools

… and if you think this is not on the Tea Party Republican agenda, think again!

A series of emails reported by a local Louisiana newspaper detail attempts by state School Superintendent John White to “muddy the waters” in the face of increasing scrutiny about Louisiana’s new school voucher program. The program, set to become one of the largest in the country, could see as many as 380,000 of the state’s students receive government-sponsored vouchers to attend private schools throughout the state.

The News-Star obtained a series of emails between White, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s spokesman Kyle Plotkin and Jindal’s policy adviser Stafford Palmieri in which White attempted to counter the growing questions about the oversight of the voucher program. The questions began after the News-Star visited the New Living Word School which has no library and filters lessons through Bible-based DVDs. The Times-Picayune also pointed out that the school would charge voucher students more than the other current students, which not allowed under the new legislation. Read more.

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