Publisher: Louisiana marks a historic turning point
With the recent passage of several education reform bills pressed by Gov. Bobby Jindal covering school choice, scholarships, charters, tenure and other governance issues—and the governor's signing them into law on Wednesday—Louisiana marked the "dawn of a new day in public education," says Business Report Publisher Rolfe McCollister in his latest column. "For a state that struggles to let go of its past, this was a monumental achievement—and a great day for children," McCollister says. And the rest of the country is taking note. As McCollister points out, education and business leaders from around the country recently read in The Wall Street Journal: "Louisiana is poised to establish the nation's most expansive system of school choice by adopting a package of vouchers and other tools that would give many parents control over the use of tax dollars to educate their children." Getting the bills passed and signed into law was a hard-fought battle, and McCollister suggests you take a look at the Louisiana Legislature website to see how your representatives voted on House bills 974 and 976. "They have been branded one way or the other," McCollister says. "No excuses. Nowhere to run and hide. They had their chance and had to choose sides. Their votes are part of history." Read the full column here, and send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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