Applications for tuition vouchers increases
NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana education officials say the state has received nearly 12,000 applications for state-funded private school tuition.
That's up from about 10,000 last year - the first year that the tuition voucher program went statewide after being piloted in New Orleans.
The increased interest comes despite a judge's ruling that the voucher program as it is currently funded violates the state constitution. A state Supreme Court ruling in that case is pending.
The taxpayer-financed tuition at private and parochial schools is available to students from low- to moderate-income families who otherwise would attend public schools graded with a C, D or F by the state. Priority is given to students in D- and F-rated schools.
Officials said 129 schools likely will participate in the program, up from 118 last year.