The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

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

School Choice in Louisiana

Summary

Louisiana has four private school choice programs (vouchers, individual tax deduction, and tax-credit scholarships). The state also has a charter school law. Louisiana enables public virtual schooling. Limited open enrollment exists, both for intradistrict and interdistrict public school choice.

Laws and Regulations Governing Private Schools

Constitutionality

The Louisiana Constitution now contains parallel language to the federal Constitution’s religion clauses, and both tax credit and voucher programs are consistent with Louisiana’s current Constitution. In Seegers, the Louisiana Supreme Court specifically noted: “The great similarity of the establishment clause of our Constitution and that of the United States Constitution allows us to use the United States Supreme Court interpretations of the federal clause as an aid for interpreting our own.” Given that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Zelman upheld school vouchers under the federal Establishment Clause, it is likely that Louisiana’s Supreme Court would follow that decision.

–Quote from the Institute for Justice (April 2007)

School Choice 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. Read More

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... Read More

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. Read More

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... Read More

Research

The School Voucher Audit: Do Publicly Funded Private School Choice Programs Save Money?

9/30/2014

One of the pillars of Dr. Milton Friedman’s school voucher idea was that it not only would expand personal freedom and improve student achievement but also save money.   To see if that is indeed the case, this paper presents a cautious,... Read More

Public Rules on Private Schools: Measuring the Regulatory Impact of State Statutes and School Choice Programs

5/30/2014

Is regulatory creep a fate that awaits all school choice programs? With the number of those programs doubling over the past five years, the need for context and understanding is critical.   This report provides a framework for understanding the... Read More

Louisiana K-12 and School Choice Survey

3/19/2012

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... Read More

Lessons for Louisiana from Florida’s K-12 Education Revolution

3/8/2012

Louisiana has emerged as one of the most fascinating states in the nation for education reform. The state’s creative response to rebuilding the New Orleans education system in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is now considered a potential model for... Read More

 

News

9/30/2014 New report shows school vouchers saved $1.7 billion during first two decades
9/9/2013 Bloomberg | Obama’s Misguided War Against School Choice
9/5/2013 Fox News | Why does Eric Holder want to deny poor Louisiana kids a good education?
9/4/2013 The Weekly Standard | The Holder-Jindal Collision
9/4/2013 New York Post | Holder in the schoolhouse door
8/19/2013 Washington Times | Five cheers for choice
8/15/2013 Sharing your story in “The ABCs” can be as easy as one, two, three
6/24/2013 Louisiana voucher funding restored
5/7/2013 Friedman Foundation Calls Louisiana Voucher Decision an “Injustice” to Children
12/11/2012 Huffington Post | Bobby Jindal Defends Louisiana School Vouchers, Says Equal Education Opportunity is a Lie
12/10/2012 Joplin Globe | For Teacher Unions, Money and Power Most Important Goals
12/7/2012 Enlow | Louisiana Voucher Students Don’t Need to be Kicked Off School Choice Lifeboat
12/4/2012 Enlow | Education News | Louisiana Voucher Students Don't Need to Be Kicked Off School Choice Lifeboat
12/3/2012 Foundry | Louisiana Unions Fight School Choice, Opportunity for Children
12/3/2012 Enlow | Louisiana Voucher Students Don't Need to be Kicked Off School Choice Lifeboat
11/30/2012 Louisiana Judge Rules Funding System for Vouchers Unconstitutional, Appeal Expected
9/14/2012 Enlow | Louisiana School Choice Program Already Helping Students
9/13/2012 Enlow | Louisiana School Choice Program Already Changing Students Lives for the Better
9/11/2012 Last Resistance | Survey and Parents Say Public Schools Failing
8/27/2012 President's Comments: School Choice Still Rising with More States Coming on Board
7/26/2012 Pelican Post | Louisiana Teachers Union Threatens Voucher Schools with Litigation
7/23/2012 Friedman Foundation Responds to the Accountability Rules for New Louisiana Voucher Program
7/2/2012 Pelican Post | Louisiana Voucher Applications Roll Forward Despite Union Lawsuits
6/17/2012 The Daily Advertiser | Vouchers Usually Tested in Court
5/10/2012 Hiner and Ford | Moms Believe in Vouchers
4/18/2012 Louisiana Governor Signs School Choice Expansion Into Law
4/13/2012 Education Week | La. School Choice Options Expand After Sweeping Education Overhaul
4/12/2012 Wall Street Journal | School Vouchers Gain Ground
4/6/2012 AP | School Vouchers Spark Growing Court Fights in US
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
3/8/2012 Study Shows Louisiana Students Can Benefit From More School Choice
8/2/2011 AP | School Voucher Bills Flood GOP-led Statehouses
7/30/2011 Enlow | Friedman's Dream Unleashed
7/28/2011 Enlow | Is 2011 Milton Friedman's Year of School Choice?
7/18/2011 WORLD | School Choice Gains Support
7/5/2011 Wall Street Journal | The Year of School Choice