The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

Advancing Milton and Rose D. Friedman's Vision of School Choice for All Children

Louisiana K-12 and School Choice Survey

Released: 3/19/2012

Author(s): Paul DiPerna

The “Louisiana K-12 & School Choice Survey” project, commissioned by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and conducted by Braun Research Incorporated (BRI), measures Louisiana registered voters’ familiarity and views on a range of K-12 education topics and school choice reforms. Below we report response levels of public opinion.

In a forthcoming polling report, we will expand this discussion to include differences (using the term “net score” or “net”) of voter opinion and the intensity of responses.

Where do Louisiana’s voters stand on important issues and policy proposals in K-12 education? We attempt to provide some observations and insights in this paper.

A randomly selected and statistically representative sample of Louisiana voters recently responded to 18 substantive questions and 11 demographic questions. The survey, commissioned by The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and conducted by Braun Research Incorporated (BRI), interviewed a statistically representative sample of registered voters in the state of Louisiana. Methodology included probability sampling and random-digit dial. A total of 802 telephone interviews were completed in English from February 14 to 27, 2012, by means of both landline and cell phone. Statistical results were weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the statewide sample is ± 3.5 percentage points.


Elementary and Secondary School Tuition Deduction

Enacted 2008 • Launched 2008

Louisiana allows individual tax deductions for educational expenses, including private school tuition and fees, uniforms, textbooks, curricular materials, and any supplies required by the school. The deductions also include tuition and fees at university-run “lab schools.”

Louisiana Scholarship Program

Enacted 2008 • Launched 2008

Louisiana’s statewide voucher program is available to low-income students in low-performing public schools. Prior to 2012, eligibility was limited to students in specific districts and parishes.

School Choice Program for Certain Students with Exceptionalities

Enacted 2010 • Launched 2011

Louisiana allows students with certain exceptionalities who live in eligible parishes to attend schools of their parents’ choosing that provide educational services specifically addressing their needs. Eligible students are defined generally as those with special needs who have Individualized Education Plans but who are not in accelerated or gifted and talented programs.

Tuition Donation Rebate Program

Enacted 2012 • Launched 2012

Louisiana taxpayers can receive tax rebates for donations they make to School Tuition Organizations (STOs), nonprofits that provide private school scholarships. There is no cap on available rebates.


4/18/2012 Louisiana Governor Signs School Choice Expansion Into Law
4/5/2012 Louisiana Governor’s School Voucher Plan Clears Legislature
3/20/2012 Times-Picayune | Citizens Support Gov. Jindal's Voucher Expansion, Poll Shows
3/19/2012 New Poll Shows Bayou State Supports School Choice

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