More than 6K applications submitted so far for school vouchers
With one week left for Louisiana parents to submit an application for their children to partake in the new Louisiana Scholarship Program, the state Department of Education reports it has already received more than 6,000 applications—and schools are continuing to enter received applications into the online application system. That means some of the applicants will be disappointed, as the LDOE has previously said there will be available approximately 5,150 new taxpayer-funded voucher slots to attend private schools. "While 6,000 applications is more than we expected [to have] at this time, that number will continue to rise as schools continue to enter online the applications that they have already received from parents," says Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White. The LDOE says it's conducting a final review of schools and is working quickly to finalize regulations regarding school eligibility for the program. Once these regulations have been established, the department will work with schools to establish the number of seats they may offer before the voucher lottery is conducted in July. Applications and complete qualifying guidelines are available here as well as at all participating schools, a list of which you can find here. Meanwhile, the Louisiana Association of Educators today has filed a lawsuit challenging the voucher program. In doing so, the LAE is following another union, the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, which filed two lawsuits earlier this month against education programs approved in the recent legislative session. Read the full story on the suits here.
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