Louisiana Surveys Indicate High Public Support for Vouchers [short]

Published March 4, 2012

Two recent surveys of Louisiana parents and voters reveal high satisfaction with the New Orleans vouchers system and overall approval of major components of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s education reform proposals.

“The program is exactly what I was looking for,” said Deetta Holmes, mother of a Louisiana voucher student.” I wish the entire education system could operate on the same level and quality of this program. Every child should experience this type of education.”

Sixty percent of Louisiana voters supported expanding the state’s voucher program for low and middle income families, while 30 percent opposed the idea, according to a poll releasedy by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and the Pelican Institute for Public Policy.

Ninety-three percent of parents with children currently enrolled in the New Orleans voucher program say they are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the schools their children attend, according to the most recent annual poll from the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options. Ninety-four percent are happy with their child’s academic progress. Ninety-nine percent of respondents said their child feels safe and welcome in his or her scholarship school.


Image by Peter Reid.