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April 26th

Slayer

Civic Theater, 8p.m.

Metal gods of yester-year offer an alternative to funk fest

 

Allen Toussaint

Snug Harbor, 9p.m., 11p.m.

A rare chance to see the master pianist and songwriter in a small venue

 

Helen Gillet

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Local avant-garde cellist

 

Country Music Fest

Mags, 7p.m.

Lineup includes he Best Western Swingers, Todd Day Wait's Pigpen, The Good Gollies and Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue

 

Dead Feat

Howlin Wolf

Anders Osborne, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett Acoustic Duo, Bill Kreutzmann, Billy Iuso

 

Sonny Landreth, Tab Benoit

Rock n’ Bowl

 

The Nth Power

Republic

New big thing in funk mashes up with members of Dumpstaphunk, Glactic, and Bonerama

 

Adam Deitch, Donald Harrison

One Eyed Jacks

 

Tank & the Bangas, Sweet Crude

One Eyed Jacks

Two young Louisiana bands with distinct sound and show verging on performance art

 

The Word, Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Joy Theater

 

Mike Clark, Nicholas Payton, Wil Blades

Little Gem, 8p.m.

Jazz (not big brass) from three masters

 

JJ Grey & Mofro

Tips, 9p.m.

Southern rock, blues, and funk


Jindal Voucher Program Struck Down By LA Supreme Court


Bobby Jindal's voucher-based education policy felt the heat of the state's judges Tuesday, as the Louisiana Supreme Court declared it a violation of the state Constitution to give public money to private and parochial schools. By a vote of 6-1, the Court opted to agree with a District Court judge who also ruled against Jindal's 2012 rewrite of Act 2, which creates a system that allows public school students to leave for private schools without losing state funding.

 

Under the rewrite, which was passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Jindal in 2012, public money that is tied to to the student through the state's minimum foundation program can follow students who wish to go to charter, private and parochial schools. However, the Louisiana Supreme Court said the state cannot provide that much assistance to private schools. Instead, the help must be "limited to textbooks and other instructional materials," the ruling states.

 

Funding must be allocated equally between cities and parishes, the ruling states. But sending the money out of a district to private or parochial school undermines that equality, the ruling states.

 

"If a child chooses an Act 2 program, the local district will be required to spend money to educate the child," the ruling states.

 

The court rejected the Jindal administration's argument that money was only required to be provided for the education of the people of the state, not specifying what types of schools those would fund.

 

The Supreme Court took care to say that they were not ruling on the merits of the law, but only the constitutionality. However, the Court went further than the District judge, saying that the Minimum Foundation Program was not legally approved by the legislature.

 

The ruling comes even as the voucher program enrolled 5,000 students this year, and is looking to expand to 8,000 students for the next school year.

 

A separate part of the education reforms, known as Act 1, set up rules that tie teacher pay to performance, and give more power to superintendents and principals. That law was separately struck down by a separate judge in March.\

 

Despite the ruling, Jindal said the voucher program is "alive and well."

 

“We’re disappointed the funding mechanism was rejected, but we are committed to making sure this program continues and we will fund it through the budget," Jindal said in a statement. "The bottom line is that our kids only get one chance to grow up and we are committed to making sure choice is alive and families can send their children to the school of their choice." 

 

 

 

 

 




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