News analysis: Audit shows Louisiana school vouchers don’t ensure quality

Article By: Melinda Deslatte | January 6, 2014 | Originally Posted on Shreveporttimes.com

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s voucher program that provides taxpayer-financed private school tuition for thousands of students is reshaping how the state spends its education dollars and which options are available to parents.

But the first wide-ranging outside review of the program, done for state lawmakers, raises questions about the quality of the options given to students who otherwise would attend public schools.

The ability to switch from a poor-performing public school to a private school won’t necessarily ensure a higher quality education for students, according to Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office.

The Louisiana Education Department isn’t properly monitoring the voucher program to ensure students are placed in private schools that demonstrate student achievement, the audit says.

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