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State Audit Slams Voucher Program

Bobby Jindal’s slow-motion voucher disaster continues to roll. The State Legislative Auditor released a highly-critical new report focused on the lack of accountability and potential for graft in Jindal’s voucher scheme:

The state Department of Education has inadequate criteria to make sure schools are academically prepared to handle the number of voucher students they serve, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said in a report issued Monday morning.

The agency also lacks enough oversight to ensure that the schools have the physical capacity for the students they request, Purpera said in a two-page summary that accompanied the review.

The auditor goes on to say that, in essence, the state basically has no idea if the schools receiving tax dollars for voucher kids are even physically equipped to educate children, let alone meet academic standards. More:

The review said that, while public schools have to be rated A or B by the state to accept voucher students, “there are no legal requirements in place to ensure non-public schools that participate in the program are academically acceptable.”

The state Department of Eduation’s review process “lacks formal criteria to ensure that schools have both the academic and physical capacity to serve the number of scholarship students they requested.

The proficiency rating for schools particiapting in the voucher program is 41 percent, the report says, which is based on the percentage of students who scored at grade level or above on standardized tests during the 2012-13 school year, which was the first for the expanded program.

Purpera also said the department has not set standards or measures in its accountability system for removing a school from the program for academic performance.

The state also overpaid or underpaid 41 percent of the 118 schools that took part in the 2012-13 academic year, according to the Legisltive Auditor’s office.

No institutional control. A failure of administration of the highest order. But Jindal continues to stick by his corrupt schemes and his embattled Department of Ed chief, John White. And by the looks of this work, this spiraling embarrassment has only just begun.

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