By Robert Mann
Would you pay $6,300 in tuition to send your child to a private school with uncertified teachers, insufficient computers and no proper classrooms, and at which the “teaching” occurred mostly by plopping students in front of televisions to watch lessons on DVDs? Of course you wouldn’t. But the Louisiana Department of Education would.
Those following Gov. Bobby Jindal’s troubled private-school voucher program might recall that the state last year awarded 165 voucher slots to the New Living World School in Ruston. (In a moment of Orwellian inspiration, Jindal and the Legislature dubbed their voucher plan the “Student Scholarships of Education Excellence Program.”)
Despite embarrassing questions last year from legislators and the media about the school’s abysmal instruction, its lack of classroom space and the absence of qualified teachers, state Education Superintendent John White awarded the voucher slots.
Actually, calling this Ruston fly-by-night operation a “school” is like calling beef jerky prime rib. Yet, with full knowledge that the institution was little more than a shell of a school, White and Jindal handed it more than $600,000 of your money.
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- Ruston school cut from Louisiana voucher program (sfgate.com)
- Vouchers at Work (real-time-with-bill-maher-blog.com)
- NOLA Times-Picayune: Voucher $ for New Living Word School Was Waste of Taxpayer Dollars (dianeravitch.net)
- Louisiana’s Largest Voucher School Kicked Out of Program (dianeravitch.net)
- “Financial Irresponsibility and Incompetence”: Louisiana Superintendent John White Perfectly Describes School Voucher Program (dailykingfish.com)