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Louisiana's back-door education privatization plan

Voucher system to launch in the fall.

June 1, 2012: Low- and middle-income youths will be offered education vouchers come autumn, encouraging them to seek out classes outside of their public schools and even, to transfer to private schools, reports Stephanie Simon for Reuters. Private institutions will not be required to follow any particular curriculum and only voucher students will be obliged to sit for the state's standardized tests.

"Louisiana is embarking on the nation's boldest experiment in privatizing public education, with the state preparing to shift tens of millions in tax dollars out of the public schools to pay private industry, businesses owners and church pastors to educate children.

Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class kids will get vouchers covering the full cost of tuition at more than 120 private schools across Louisiana, including small, Bible-based church schools.

The following year, students of any income will be eligible for mini-vouchers that they can use to pay a range of private-sector vendors for classes and apprenticeships not offered in traditional public schools..."

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Posted: June 06, 2012

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