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White: Voucher program will draw few at first

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Posted: Mar 6, 2012 2:13 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Voucher, Program, Draw, Few

NEW ORLEANS - If lawmakers approve a statewide program enabling some low-income families to send their kids to private schools at public expense, Louisiana's education superintendent expects it to start small.

Gov. Bobby Jindal has proposed expanding a voucher program already in place in New Orleans.

It allows lower income families with kids in failing public schools to send those children to approved private schools using taxpayer dollars.

An estimated 380,000 students would be eligible if the Legislature goes along with Jindal's proposal.

However, Superintendent of Education John White, a strong backer of the plan, said Tuesday that he expects enrollment would likely be around 2,000 when the program expansion begins, based on other states' experience with similar programs.

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