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BATON ROUGE- The state's controversial voucher program where kids in failing public schools get tax payer money to attend private school may be tweaked.

Superintendent John White proposes public school boards pay instead of the state, but the constitutionality of the vouchers is still in question.

Students have two weeks to apply for the voucher program, but a bigger day looms ahead for the private and parochial schools.

Louisiana's top court will hear the state's appeal that Louisiana's voucher program unconstitutionally diverts public funds to private and parochial schools.

In November the funding mechanism to support the voucher program was deemed unconstitutional.

Hosana Christian Academy is one of the schools participating in the voucher program.

The school has close to 300 voucher program students.

But despite the pending case, Hosana is going ahead with applications anyway.

"Imagine how bad you will feel as a mom and dad if you really wanted your child to go to Hosana Christian academy and just because you didn't know all the details.. You decide not to fill out an application," said Hosana's Headmaster, Josh LeSage.

"It's a head start I think they're getting a better education this way. I don't think they'll have to go through some of the obstacles they would have to go through at public schools," said Hosana parent, Anthony Ligon.

Student should know as soon as April if they're accepted into the program.



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