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BATON ROUGE- Admission letters started going out recently to students accepted in the state's school voucher program.

In Baton Rouge, Hosanna Christian Academy received 400 new voucher students on top of 250 returning voucher students.

"Parents should have a choice about where they educate their children just like they can choose where to go buy their cars and shop," said Josh LeSage, Headmaster at Hosanna Christian Academy.

Parents say the taxpayer-funded program provides a path to a better education for their children.

"I don't have to worry about where he'll be, what type of people will be around him. I know he'll be safe and will learn what he needs to learn on the level that he needs to learn," said Franchesca Jackson.

Teacher organizations and dozens of school boards claim the vouchers funnel money away from public education.

"There isn't anything fair about using something like that only against the public schools and taking our children from us, sending them where we don't know what they're getting," said LAE's president, Joyce Haynes.

In November, a judge ruled it unconstitutional to use tax dollars to pay for private tuition. The state supreme court is still considering its ruling.



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