Bill aims to track voucher program money - KLFY News 10

Bill aims to track voucher program money

Updated:

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers are considering a proposal that would give the legislative auditor greater ability to track state tax dollars paying for students to go to private schools through the statewide voucher program.

Under the bill (Senate Bill 460) by Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, the private schools would have to keep the dollars either in a separate account or use an accounting procedure that allows the auditor's office to track the receipt and spending of the money.

The voucher program is slated to receive $46 million in next year's budget.

Richard Bordelon, a lawyer representing the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Catholic schools participating in the voucher program don't have a way to separate out the spending. He said the dollars are used in the schools' general operating budget to pay for salaries, utilities and regular expenses.

"There needs to be a responsible way for the taxpayer to know ... or don't take the money," Adley said.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said outside auditors who reviewed 118 voucher schools couldn't track how public dollars were spent at nearly all the schools or determine compliance with a requirement that voucher money be spent on educational purposes.

The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee approved Adley's bill without objection Tuesday, sending it to the full Senate for debate.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Wanted : Brandi Comeaux

    Wanted : Brandi Comeaux

    A Lafayette woman is sought by police for refusing to provide medical attention for a juvenile who sustained a broken jaw during an altercation after she allegedly provided alcohol to a group of minors.More >>
    A Lafayette woman is sought by police for refusing to provide medical attention for a juvenile who sustained a broken jaw during an altercation after she allegedly provided alcohol to a group of minors.More >>
  • 16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

    16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-04-02 19:29:36 GMT
    A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,More >>
    A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,More >>
  • Live Doppler 10 Forecast

    Live Doppler 10 Forecast

    Happy Labor Day Acadiana!  Isolated showers and storms will fade away this evening with skies turning mostly clear overnight.  The weather wont be changing much for the short work week.  Each day should see highs in the lower 90s with partly cloudy skies along with an isolated rain chance for the afternoon hours.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

1808 Eraste Landry Rd, PO Box 90665,
Lafayette LA 70509

Telephone: 337.981.4823
Fax: 337.984.8323
Email: tip10@klfy.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Louisiana, Inc. A Media General Company.