By Robert Mann
In the P.R. business, it’s called “taking out the trash,” the tactic of limiting damaging press coverage by releasing embarrassing information on a Friday afternoon or a holiday weekend.
That is, essentially, what Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration did Wednesday afternoon, releasing a report on its failed private school voucher plan.
As the Times-Picayune | NOLA.com reports:
At least 45 percent of students in Louisiana’s controversial voucher program last year attended schools with performance scores in the D to F range of the state’s grading scale, according to data the state released Wednesday.
The full impact of the program cannot be assessed, however, because the state released scores only for one-fifth of the 118 schools in the program. The schools for which data was provided served 2,888 of the nearly 5,000 students who used vouchers last year.
The limited data raises questions about how the high-profile program can be held accountable to taxpayers. Voucher schools are only lightly vetted on the front end, with state Superintendent John White promising in 2012 that he would hold schools accountable based on academic results. The average voucher costs $5,245, meaning possibly $11 million in state dollars went to schools with no publicly released accountability score.
The state released the scores in a report Wednesday, several days after a federal judge ruled the U.S. Department of Justice had the right to monitor the program to ensure it does not worsen racial segregation. In the political fight over the case, Gov. Bobby Jindal has said vouchers gave underprivileged children a shot at a better education.
(Continue reading the T-P story here.)
Jindal and his Education superintendent, John White, are hoping you don’t notice that their voucher program is a sham and a failure.
Prove them wrong by sharing this post or the Times-Picayune story with as many of your friends as possible.
- BREAKING: From Failure To Failure; Vouchergate rolls on (dailykingfish.com)
- Jindal claims victory in fight with Obama administration over La. voucher plan (washingtontimes.com)
- Why Bobby Jindal Is Wrong in the DOJ Voucher Battle (lawprofessors.typepad.com)