Vouchers Challenge the Status Quo in Louisiana, Federal Government Undermines Reforms

LA flag cc This issue at hand is not really an issue of segregation, which is bad for society and for students. It is about power. Vouchers give power to parents and take it away from failing school systems. The teachers’ unions and teacher interest groups feel that widespread use of vouchers will undermine their monopoly of schools, especially in under-preforming areas of the country. If competition is kept at bay, then “education” interests, teachers and administrators get to keep their jobs. They fear a mass exodus to better (private) schools. That such schools may help many students is less important than job security. The schools are of course about the teachers.

(From NoLa.com) State Education Superintendent John White took issue with the suit’s primary argument and its characterization of the program. Almost all the students using vouchers are black, he said. Given that framework, “it’s a little ridiculous” to argue that students’ departure to voucher schools makes their home school systems less white, he said. He also thought it ironic that rules set up to combat racism were being called on to keep black students in failing schools. The voucher program started in New Orleans in 2008. A large number of participants still live in the city.

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