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State Support of Private Schools: the Sneaky Way

Much has been written about the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence Program, otherwise known as the Louisiana Scholarship Program, or the voucher program.  To summarize:  The Department of Education allows vouchers for almost any private school that wants them (or … Continue reading

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The False Premise of Voucher Hype

“Vouchers are state aid for low-income students that allow them to leave public schools rated C, D or F and attend a private school,” reported Will Sentell in The Advocate (March 14, 2016).  Or so we’re supposed to believe.  If … Continue reading

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Why School Performance Scores Are Useless

A couple of hours ago I saw a Facebook thread where someone posted some impressive graphics that made it appear that the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) performs poorly when compared to Zachary and Central.  When I pointed … Continue reading

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How Louisiana funds the Catholic Church, and other quirks of the voucher system

Did the headline, “How Louisiana funds the Catholic Church” get your attention?  If so, that’s good.  When I saw the details of voucher funding for 2014-15, I was startled at how much of the roughly $40 million in spending went … Continue reading

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Hey, School Board! Good ‘nuf Isn’t an Acceptable Standard!

On Thursday, January 16, 2013, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s board will have yet another opportunity to choose between accepting a half-baked, sloppy proposal offered by their well-paid staff, or rejecting it in favor of a better plan.  … Continue reading

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Robert Reich: Are We a Decent Society?

Robert Reich: Are We a Decent Society?.

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The case of the vanishing agenda item

Apparently actions of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board continue to be suggestions that can be ignored, judging by a comparison of the preliminary minutes from the recent Committee of the Whole and the posted agenda for Thursday evening’s … Continue reading

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