School choice comes to Louisiana

School choice comes to Louisiana

Louisiana was once a pioneer in school choice. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans rebuilt its schools under an entirely charter system. The state adopted a voucher program for private schools in 2008, when Bobby Jindal was governor, one of the first states to establish statewide private school choice.

But the governor. John Bel Edwardsa Democrat, has obstructed since he took office in 2016. Last year, he vetoed two bills that would have allowed all families with children who were not reading at grade level or who had special needs to take their money for state-funded education. to the schools of their choice.

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