Voucher Plan for New Orleans Clears Another Hurdle
New Orleans families, who have seen a dramatic increase in public school choice since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, may soon get even more publicly funded options, under a plan to offer private school vouchers that has built momentum in recent weeks.
With strong backing from Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, versions of the measure have passed the House and two key Senate committees. The Senate finance committee approved the plan today on a 6-4 vote, following its passage by that chamber's education committee on May 22. It could reach the Senate floor as soon as next week.
The $10 million proposal would permit up to 1,500 New Orleans students in low-performing public schools to receive vouchers to attend secular or religious...
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