2018 PPI Score
School Choice Score: 67%
Louisiana’s Tuition Donation Rebate Program is a tax-credit scholarship program enacted and launched in 2012. It is designed to encourage donors to contribute to scholarship organizations that help students from low-income households access the private learning options best suited to their needs.
This school voucher program was enacted in 2010 and began in 2011 to serve students with certain special needs. Louisiana’s School Choice Program for Certain Students with Exceptionalities helps parents access the best schooling options for their children’s unique needs.
Individual Tax Credit/Deduction
Louisiana Elementary and Secondary School Tuition Deduction was enacted and launched in 2008. The individual tax deduction program is open to any taxpayer who has private schooling expenses.
The Louisiana Scholarship Program, which aims to serve low-income students in state designated C, D or F public schools. It was enacted and launched in 2008.
Charter Schools Score: 75%
Louisiana earns a “C” in CER’s 2018 charter school law rankings. Although charter schools have thrived in areas such as New Orleans, charters statewide are overregulated and underfunded. Moreover, state interference has prevented effective operators from opening schools.
Another factor in Louisiana’s score is the status of the once-independent recovery school district. The school board that the independent district replaced after Katrina has been reinstated and the independent district abolished. Even though charters retain their status as local education agencies (LEAs), this reconnection to the local district may eventually limit charter school growth and innovation.
- Law passed in 1995
- Number of charters: 145
- Estimated charter school enrollment: 84,400 (Up 5 percent from 2015-16)
- Louisiana does not cap the number of charter schools.
- Virtual charter schools are permitted
- Charter schools can Contract with either EMOs or CMOs for management purposes
- Louisiana earns 7 of 15 for “authorizing” because all charter schools in Louisiana are authorized by either their local school board or the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. While Louisiana does have multiple authorizers, these authorizers have grown increasingly regulatory, making it very difficult for new and innovative charter schools to thrive. There is no appeals process for charter schools authorized by the State Board, which limits the recourse of charter providers to question adverse decisions.
- Louisiana earns 13 out of 15 for “growth.” The strength of this score derives from the lack of a cap. However, while the law allows certain schools to expand with limited regulation (type A and B schools), most must apply for expansion as if they were opening for the first time.
- Louisiana earns 10 of 20 points for “operations” because charter school autonomy varies according to the authorizer. Schools authorized by school districts are less autonomous than those authorized by the state. Despite this, charter schools have a blanket exemption from all state board rules and regulations applicable to public schools with certain exceptions, most notably accountability regulations.
- Louisiana earns 5 of 15 for “funding equity.” All authorizers in the state can charge schools a two percent administrative fee. Additionally, while all charter schools are able to access start up loans for facilities funding, the state of Louisiana does not provide any per-pupil facilities funding.
Teacher Quality Score: 88%
Delivering Well Prepared Teachers B-
Expanding the Pool of Teachers F
Identifying Effective Teachers B
Retaining Effective Teachers B-
Exiting Ineffective Teachers B-
Overall State Grade B+