Schools agree to accept vouchers
BATON ROUGE - More than 5,100 students who have vouchers will be accepted into "A" or "B"-ranked schools next year. In the Baton Rouge area, 30 schools will accept a total of 1,136 kids.
That's good news for Nancy LeBlanc and her daughter, Katie, who didn't expect many high schools in the area to take students.
"We've always wanted her to go to a Catholic school, and we just haven't been able to afford it, and now there's a chance," LeBlanc told News 2.
LeBlanc and everyone who fills out an application for their student will get a choice of five schools.
Many of those schools accepting vouchers next year are Catholic schools. Superintendent Melanie Verges told News 2 they accepted as many students as they had room for.
"The school community looked at their capacity to decide what they could do," Verges said.
Next year, 63 percent of Catholic Schools will accept students with vouchers. In following years, Verges expects even more Catholic schools to participate in the program.
The applications can be filled out in person or online, and must be completed by June 29.
All students accepted to the program will be notified by the end of July.
For a list of which schools will accept students in specific grades, click here.
For an interactive map of where schools are accepting students, click here.