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Rotten apple
Remember the New Living Word School in Louisiana? It's a Christian school that was getting a whole bunch of vouchers from the state despite teaching straight from DVD and having no library—but a great basketball team. When we last saw New Living Word, Louisiana was expanding the number of vouchers the school could get. But now, the school has been booted from the voucher program altogether.
Louisiana law requires that a school participating in the scholarship program not charge the state more for tuition than it charges for non-scholarship students.

[Superintendent John] White said the audit revealed that the non-scholarship students at the school were not paying the $6300 tuition per student that the school was charging the state. [...]

According to White, the school now owes the state $378,000 that the audit shows the school overcharged.

While kind of hilarious if it was an isolated case, the fact is that New Living Word is unlikely to be alone in its financial wrongdoing, and it's definitely not alone in the lousiness of the education it offers. And it shouldn't have taken this long for it to be booted. Blogger Lamar White, Jr. (no relation to John) writes:
Time after time, for over a year, [John White] was warned repeatedly about this particular school; he was routinely criticized for the lack of oversight and accountability employed by the Department of Education, for his decision to not conduct even a bare modicum of due diligence on schools that sought hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in state government funding. Remember, the voucher program, ostensibly, was sold to Louisiana citizens as a way of ensuring children have access to better educational opportunities.
The state of Louisiana should face serious pressure to exercise some oversight over the schools it's giving money to.

(Via Diane Ravitch)

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Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 10:55 AM PDT.

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