Maginnis: Jindal's education plan has room for improvement

Maginnis: Jindal's education plan has room for improvement




As he went around the state promoting his education agenda, Gov. Bobby Jindal would recall, as a schoolboy, bringing report cards home to his father. The young scholar might have been satisfied with an "A" grade, but invariably his father would be disappointed that it was not an "A+." There was always room for improvement. Father still knows best. In his package of bills moving briskly through the Legislature, Jindal proposes sweeping changes in K-12 education that, for the most part, are for the better, despite disagreement from schoolteachers and their union representatives. Obedient Republican legislators likely will not be as critical and demanding as was Amar Jindal, but if they and the governor would take the time to thoughtfully review the plan, they could fix some defects and make it stronger. That is not enough for the public education lobby and leading Democrats, who, on the school choice bill, for instance, point to the fatal constitutional flaw of using public tax dollars for private education. Courts will likely have to settle that matter because the Democrats may not have the votes to stop the bills from becoming laws. But they and Republicans too could address some vexing details that otherwise will bedevil future implementation, particularly of the publicly paid scholarship, or voucher, program. Read the full column here.

(John Maginnis publishes LaPolitics Weekly, a newsletter on Louisiana politics, at LaPolitics.com.)



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