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Learning Curve

  • An F for transparency
    “Look at this shiny thing over here!” – Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, Oct. 14, 2014.

Bad news for voucher supporters

A different state, a different decision. Louisiana's Supreme Court has ruled the funding mechanism for the school voucher program violates the state's constitution.

"The state funds approved through the unique (minimum foundation program) process cannot be diverted to nonpublic schools or other nonpublic course providers according to the clear, specific and unambiguous language of the constitution," wrote Justice John Weimer.

The ruling was 6-1.

I haven't had a chance to compare the wording of Louisiana's state constitution to the Indiana constitution, but I suspect they are quite similar.

Also from Baton Rouge: "Some kinks in Louisiana's teacher evaluation need to be ironed out before teachers' futures are decided using the instrument, House members said Monday in unanimously approving legislation by Rep. Gene Reynolds, D-Minden."

Common sense appears to be breaking out in Louisiana, if not in Indiana.

Karen Francisco, editorial page editor for The Journal Gazette, has been an Indiana journalist since 1981. She writes frequently about education for The Journal Gazette opinion pages and here, where she looks at the business, politics and science of learning as it relates to northeast Indiana, the state and the nation. She can be reached at 260-461-8206 or by e-mail at