The Cost of Choice

  • Hosted by Jess Clark, Lee Zurik, Kim Chatelain, Cody Lillich

Politicians promised the Louisiana Scholarship Program, also known as the state's school voucher program, would offer low-income students a way out of bad public schools. Instead, the program steered families into low-performing private schools with little oversight.

'The Cost of Choice' is the result of a reporting collaboration between NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, WVUE Fox 8 News, WWNO and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

Resurrection of Our Lord school in New Orleans East has 94 percent voucher students.
Fox 8 WVUE

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is pledging to make changes to the state’s school voucher program after a WWNO joint investigation found most students in the program end up in low-performing private schools.

Employees of McMillian's First Steps Preschool protested the loss of federal funds on Friday, May 17.
Fox 8 News, WVUE

A joint investigation between WWNO, Fox 8 News, WVUE and NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on the state’s school voucher program found evidence one New Orleans school may have been cheating on state tests. Now the school says federal funds are being pulled from its pre-K program. 

Q&A: Why Louisiana's Voucher Program Isn't Working

May 9, 2019
The application to become a voucher school is just 16 pages long. Meanwhile charter school applications take months, and can run more than 170 pages.
NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune

The Louisiana Scholarship Program, also known as the state’s school voucher program, promises families a way out of struggling public schools. But a joint-investigation with WWNO, Fox 8 News and NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune, reveals the program steered families into private schools with low test scores and little oversight. Our investigation, The Cost of Choice, was part of a collaboration organized by the investigative newsroom, Reveal.

Resurrection of Our Lord school in New Orleans East has 94 percent voucher students.
Fox 8 WVUE

Politicians promised the Louisiana Scholarship Program would offer low-income students a way out of bad public schools. Instead, the program steered families into low-performing private schools with little oversight.