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ERIC Number: ED514958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Choice and Opportunity: The Past and Future of Choice-Based Aid in Louisiana
Carpenter, Dick M., II; Ross, John K.
Institute for Justice
On February 29, 2008, Gov. Bobby Jindal presented the Louisiana Legislature with a proposed budget allocating $10 million for a school choice initiative that would enable parents in New Orleans to send their children to the school of their choice, including private schools, with state-funded scholarships. Leaders of the public school establishment went on record to oppose the initiative, spreading fear that providing parents more educational options would take away from public schools. But, as this report demonstrates, Louisiana has a rich history of offering a wide array of choices, including private and religious options, through public programs, including in education. These choices add to--rather than subtract from--the opportunities available to its citizens. In this paper, the authors include more detail about Louisiana's choice-based programs. These profiles include short descriptions of each program, when the programs were established and data on the number of participants and dollars expended or allocated (when available). The first set of current programs described are those funded solely or primarily by the state. The second includes programs funded by the federal government but directed by state and local agencies. Not included are programs administered and funded solely or in large part by the federal government, such as Pell grants and housing vouchers. Thus, the programs described in this paper actually undercount the broad scope of services received by Louisianans through choice-based programs. (Contains 52 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Justice
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program