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Ruston school cut from Louisiana voucher program

3 years 3 months 3 weeks ago June 28, 2013 Jun 28, 2013 Friday, June 28 2013 June 28, 2013 2:30 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - A church-affiliated school in Ruston has been dropped from Louisiana's voucher program because it charged the state more for tuition than it did parents of non-voucher students.

The Department of Education announced Friday that it was cutting New Living Word School from the voucher program, based on findings of an outside auditor.

Parents of students at the Ruston school will be notified by Monday. The education department says New Living Word School will have to repay $378,000 to the state.

New Living Word School had 93 voucher students in the 2012-13 year and charged the state $6,300 per student for the year, according to the audit. For its non-voucher students, the audit says the school collected about $550 each.

The school's leader didn't immediately return a call for comment.

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