Education

Jan 13, 2014 6:39 PM by AP

Ed department plans for 2014-15 voucher program

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - State education officials say 136 schools have been deemed eligible to participate in the state private school tuition voucher program for the 2014-2015 school year, although only 114 of them will be accepting new students.

The Department of Education on Monday released the application that eligible students will use to seek state-funded tuition for approved private schools through what is formally known as the Louisiana Scholarship Program.

The program is aimed at low- to moderate-income households with children who otherwise would attend poorly performing public schools.

Ten new schools were deemed eligible to participate in the voucher program next school year. Eight schools that have been participating in the program have not performed well enough to accept new voucher students but voucher students already enrolled at those schools can continue to attend; 14 others are opting not to accept new voucher students while continuing in the program, the department said.

Nearly 12,000 students applied to participate in the Louisiana Scholarship Program last year, and approximately 6,700 students are currently enrolled in 126 participating schools, the department said.

New schools joining the voucher program for next school year:

- Bethel Christian School, Lincoln Parish

- Living Word Academy, Caddo Parish

- McKinney-Byrd Academy, Caddo Parish

- Natchitoches Christian Academy, Natchitoches Parish

- St. Aloysius School, East Baton Rouge Parish

- St. Anthony of Padua School, Avoyelles Parish

- St. Augustine Senior High School, Orleans Parish

- St. John Primary, Ascension Parish

- St. Theresa Middle School, Ascension Parish

- Waldorf School of New Orleans, Orleans Parish

Schools that will continue to participate but not be allowed to take new students.

- Bishop McManus School, Orleans Parish

- Conquering Word Christian Academy, Jefferson Parish

- Conquering Word Christian Academy Eastbank, Orleans Parish

- Faith Christian Academy, Jefferson Parish

- Holy Rosary Academy, Orleans Parish

- Life of Christ Christian Academy/Alternative, Orleans Parish

- Light City Christian Academy, Orleans Parish

- The Upperroom Bible Church Academy, Orleans Parish

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