Tuesday, May 07, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, IN—The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice called the Louisiana Supreme Court decision invalidating the state’s school voucher program an “injustice” to children and their parents who need more than a one-size-fits-all education system.
“Parents want a choice other than their neighborhood public school, and their children need options when it comes to getting the appropriate education,” said Robert Enlow, president and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. “The court did a great injustice to thousands of Louisiana children today.”
Nearly 5,000 children are currently using the state’s voucher program to attend a parochial or private school. Some 8,000 students recently were approved by the state to receive vouchers in the 2013-14 school year. It was unclear if these children would be forced to return to public school in the fall, as the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled the program violated the state’s funding formula and constitution.
The program, enacted in 2008 in select parishes, was expanded statewide in 2012 and became the second-largest voucher plan in the United States. The vouchers were an extension of numerous education reforms adopted to raise the quality of schooling options available in Louisiana.
The voucher concept was first established by the late Milton Friedman, a Nobel laureate economist, who said states and localities should finance students, not schools. Dr. Friedman said such a change would raise the quality of all schools through competition and allow parents to place their children in schools, public or private, that work best for them.
About the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, solely dedicated to advancing Milton and Rose D. Friedman’s vision of school choice for all children. The Foundation promotes school choice as the most effective and equitable way to improve the quality of K-12 education in America.
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