Multi-Billion Dollar Spending Plan For Public Schools Passes Louisiana Legislature
The item is controversial because it contains money to fund the governor's newly-created statewide voucher program. Opponents also expressed concern about giving state money to The Islamic School of New Orleans, which has applied to educate voucher students, and a private school in Ruston that doesn't have adequate facilities to participate.
Louisiana House Education Chairman Steve Carter says the Islamic School in New Orleans is no longer participating and convinced enough House members to approve the funding plan. The state department of education says they were going to re-examine the school in Ruston's application.