LFC Daily News Clips | February 22, 2016

Good Morning

The Louisiana Department of Education has released its 2014-15 Nonpublic School Choice Programs Annual Report. The report shows that over the last five years, the achievement gap between the Louisiana Scholarship Program and the statewide average has been cut nearly in half, from 32 percentage points in 2011 to 18 percentage points in 2015.

This afternoon, a series of four new studies on the Louisiana Scholarship Program will be released by the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans. In conjunction with the reports’ release, a panel discussion will be held with state leaders – including LFC president Ann Duplessis – and the authors of the reports. The panel discussion is open to the public and will take place on Monday, Feb. 22, at 4 pm at the Capitol Park Welcome Center in Baton Rouge. If you can’t be there, view the event via live stream.

Have a great week. – Paul

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School Choice

Times-Picayune/NOLA.com: Louisiana education superintendent defends vouchers http://bit.ly/1Vyn9EO

The Advocate: Voucher students lag behind state average on key exams http://bit.ly/1VynUxI

Education Week: Black Alliance for Educational Options Announces Plan to Reboot http://bit.ly/1Qvtv9Q

Watchdog.org: Poll shows broad support for school choice among voters http://bit.ly/1VscqvB

Charter Schools

The Advocate: After four years of trying, educator gets state to approve first charter school in St. James Parish http://bit.ly/1oCQdRp

Times-Picayune/NOLA.com: KIPP opens talks to move New Orleans high school to local control http://bit.ly/1Vyn4RL

Times-Picayune/NOLA.com: Investigation into potential cheating shows charter schools are working: Peter Cunningham http://bit.ly/1QU7HPy

Education Reform

The Advocate: Lafayette Republican Rep. Nancy Landry’s new post to lead House Education Committee triggers outcry from teachers unions http://bit.ly/1SLQ7mX

The Advocate: New Orleans public schools split over proposal to revise funding formula http://bit.ly/1QUb9cZ

Uptown Messenger: Lusher may decide whether to sue over funding issues next week http://bit.ly/1T0J8a3

HoumaToday.com: Schools nervously watching budget debate http://bit.ly/1L4DqRk

The New Orleans Advocate: St. Augustine High School president to retire after three years on the job http://bit.ly/1XH8qJh