Posted: May 22, 2012 12:51 PM
Updated: May 22, 2012 12:51 PM
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE - More than 5,000 students can get new taxpayer-funded voucher slots at private schools, under a law passed this session expanding a New Orleans voucher program statewide.
The state education department announced Tuesday that in addition to the 2,300 existing voucher slots available to New Orleans students, seats will now be available in 32 other parishes because of the expansion pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal and approved by lawmakers.
Applications will be taken over six weeks for the newly-created 5,100 seats at private and parochial schools, most of which are in Louisiana's urban areas.
The Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence program is available to students who are from low- to moderate-income families and who attend public schools that earned a C, D or F under the state's school accountability program.
For an interactive map of schools taking part in the program, click here.