Friday, May 30, 2008

Gov Jindal pushes vouchers for poor NO parents


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to funnel state dollars into a program that would send some New Orleans students to private schools will get a debate in the full Senate after narrowly passing another legislative hurdle Friday.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 6-4 for the voucher program, the final approval needed to send the bill to the Senate floor. The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, already has approval from the House.

Supporters said the program would give students in failing schools in New Orleans the ability to get a better education and a better quality of life. Opponents said it would siphon dollars away from public schools and undercut school reform efforts under way in the city.