Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Virtual school will take real money from public education

As Louisiana continues its headlong rush to dismantle public education, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is gearing up to accept students for the state's first online charter school.

As Will Sentell of The Advocate reports here, the Louisiana Connections Academy is a virtual school with no campus, library, lunchroom, gym, classroom or school bus. Yet it will collect 90 percent of the state Minimum Foundation Program allocation for each of its students.

So even as Gov. Jindal continues his bogus claim that public education funding has been saved from the budget axe, he and his allies in public education's Claiborne Building are conspiring to funnel more funds away from public schools and into dubious enterprises.

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