Louisiana parents and schoolchildren can claim a victory today after a state district judge ruled two pieces of legislation underpinning Governor Bobby Jindal's school voucher program unconstitutional.
Per the Baton Rouge Advocate:
[Louisiana] State District Judge Tim Kelley ruled Friday that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s expanded voucher program unconstitutionally diverts public money to send some public school students to private and parochial schools.This is a huge victory for education advocates in the state and a huge defeat for this joke of a program.
You might remember back in July when Jindal's handpicked state superintendent John "Lying Liarson" White got caught lying to the media regarding the voucher program after it was discovered that the state was essentially handing out money, with no investigation at all, to anyone claiming to run a private school.
The scandal, as published in the Monroe News-Star:
In the email, White discusses how he will create the news story by releasing a communication to schools regarding a timeline for student assignment.Not to mention the heinous quality of the "education" these private schools were planning to inflict on innocent children.
"This will allow us to kill multiple birds with one stone," White writes. "It would allow us to talk through the process with the media, muddying up a narrative they're trying to keep black and white."
Again: This is a big win for the good guys and a big loss for Jindal and his lying cohorts.
Sorry for the hit and run diary, but there's good news that I couldn't wait to share.
[Louisiana] State District Judge Tim Kelley ruled Friday that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s expanded voucher program unconstitutionally diverts public money to send some public school students to private and parochial schools.You can read the full article here: http://theadvocate.com/...
Hopefully, this will cheer up our Michigan friends who are currently fighting this same fight against the privatization of our children's educations.
3:10 PM PT: Awesome! Rec listed. Thanks so much, everyone.