Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Reactions to the Lower Court Ruling on Voucher Program Funding Mechanism

A scholarship student stands outside the courthouse in Baton Rouge on the first day of the trial.
We brought you news late last week of a judge's decision to rule against the funding mechanism for the statewide Louisiana voucher program. Since the ruling was handed down Friday afternoon, a number of supporters of educational choice have spoken out against the ruling, reinforced their support for kids, and pledge to fight on.

Take a look below for just a few of the responses.

“I’m extremely disappointed,” said Tirany Howard, whose three children are receiving scholarships through the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence program.  “For once, I felt like as a society we’re moving forward, putting kids first, but it’s still about money.”

“We will do everything possible to make sure the children who are benefitting from this important scholarship program – and the thousands of children who are seeking to enter the program—will continue to have this option. They’ve made far too much progress to go back.”

"Today's ruling is wrongheaded and a travesty for parents across Louisiana who want nothing more than for their children to have an equal opportunity at receiving a great education," Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a statement. "That opportunity is a chance that every child deserves and we will continue the fight to give it to them."

“But children shouldn't be victims of funding formulas or arguments about how many get a place on a lifeboat when the educational Titanic is sinking. About 72 percent of the state's public schools are rated C, D or F, according to the Louisiana Department of Education. For those who earn a diploma and enter college, 34 percent of college freshman in 2010 needed remediation.”
            Robert Enlow, writing in the Huffington Post

“There are clear precedents that allow this program, and many others like it that already exist, to be funded through this means,” said Bill Maurer, an attorney with the Institute for Justice. “Simply put, the trial court’s ruling is inconsistent with Louisiana precedents, with the state’s laws and with its Constitution.”

“As a result, the program now is just a starting point. It is one more tool that some parents have to improve their choices for their children...Just months into the new school year, though, there is a troubling sign that the vouchers could be in trouble.”
Houma Today editorial in support of the voucher program

- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, MSG

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