Monday, July 23, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS — Today, the Louisiana Department of Education released rules related to nonpublic school accountability under the new Student Scholarships For Educational Excellence Act. Despite the high demand from nonpublic schools and parents to participate in the program, some critics have been questioning whether the program will be accountable to the public. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In a statement released today, Robert Enlow, President and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, the nation’s leading voucher advocates, praises the balance achieved by the new rules.
“In developing accountability provisions for the statewide voucher program, the Department of Education has done an excellent and thoughtful job of balancing the need for nonpublic school autonomy with the need to protect children and ensure the public trust,” Enlow said. “The rules as proposed allow flexibility and autonomy for schools while ensuring accountability for financial and academic results. Critics should rest assured that the public trust has been met, and refocus all their efforts on working with the Department to make sure that all children in Louisiana receive an education that prepares them for a successful future, regardless of whether they attend a public, nonpublic or charter school.”
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 Friedman’s vision of school choice for all children. First established as the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation in 1996, the Foundation continues to promote school choice as the most effective and equitable way to improve the quality of K-12 education in America. The Foundation is dedicated to research, education, and outreach on the vital issues and implications related to choice and competition in K-12 education.