Louisiana Considers Protecting Charter Schools’ Anti-Gay Discrimination

A Louisiana Senate committee advanced a bill last week (SB 217) seeking to prevent executive branch departments from implementing non-discrimination protections beyond what is mandated by law. The effect of the bill would be that charter schools could discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, ability to speak English, or a host of other factors. Ironically — and perhaps unsurprisingly — conservatives in the state are also pushing legislation to implement school vouchers, which could take money away from local public schools to support private schools not open to all students.