Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal used his platform at the Brookings Institution to argue that vouchers are the best way to provide excellence for all children.
Joy Resmovits of the Huffington Post wrote an excellent description of his presentation, noting that a court in Louisiana had just called the funding of vouchers unconstitutional. Jindal assured her that decision would be overturned on appeal.
She also pointed out that some of the state’s voucher schools refused to accept students with disabilities and some teach creationism.
Also of interest: like other free-market zealots, Jindal insists that vouchers are popular but cannot bring himself to call them by their rightful name. Instead, they are called “opportunity scholarships.”
Block that euphemism! Say the word: Voucher! Voucher!
A note to Joy: the evidence in Milwaukee, Cleveland, and DC is not mixed. It is clear: Voucher schools do not outperform public schools. They are no better and are often worse. Does anyone believe that the Louisiana children who enroll in that little church school that teaches creationism and uses DVDs for lessons will get an excellent education?