This year, disturbing reports of increased crime have dominated the news, both in Louisiana and nationally. Crime is a serious issue that demands thoughtful solutions to deter criminal behavior and promote public safety. They should be guided by data and evidence, not anecdotes. That’s why Pelican set out to review and better understand the underlying...View Report
Even if legislation aimed at converting the Orleans Parish scholarship program into a statewide school voucher system prevails over intense opposition, it will remain limited in scope, according to key lawmakers and top education officials who favor the policy change.
"The DC OSP has accomplished what few educational interventions can claim: It markedly improved important education outcomes for low-income inner-city students"
New Orleans parents who are dissatisfied with the public school system have options thanks to the voucher program that was instituted a few years ago. Supporters would like to see the program expanded to include Baton Rouge and Shreveport. Meanwhile, Gov. Jindal has proposed an increase in state spending to help cover the cost of a private education.