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Enrollment period renews voucher debate

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Posted: Mar 23, 2010 6:27 PM by Associated Press
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Topics: Bobby Jindal, school vouchers, budget, private school, public school, tuition, New Orleans

More than a thousand new applicants for state-funded private school tuition in New Orleans pleases
supporters of the voucher program.

But it's a touchy subject for lawmakers in other areas of the state who fear the growth of the program means less moeny for public schools.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration insists the voucher program takes nothing away from public schools because budget allocations are based on enrollment both in the funding formula for public schools and the per-pupil allocation for the scholarships.

Jindal doesn't plan to seek expansion of the program beyond New Orleans this year. But the issue still is likely to be debated when the program's proposed $8 million budget comes up for approval by lawmakers.

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