Posted: Jul 25, 2012 6:05 PM by Steven Albritton
Updated: Jul 26, 2012 10:57 AM
Rose Mary Dupuis was one of the 85 parents who received a voucher to attend Holy Family Catholic School
"I was so excited. I was screaming and yelling because I was so happy. I just wanted him to come over here because Iknow this school is a special, awesome school," Dupuis said.
Her son was doing well at another school but she knew better options were available. If the school is a C, D, or F school you can apply for a voucher to transfer to an A or B public school outside of the district or to a private school.
"He was learning somewhat at that school but I also knew it was a failing school and I knew deep down he would get it (a good education) over here," Dupuis said.
123 applicants applied for 85 spots at Holy Family. When there more more applicants than spaces available, the state runs the lottery to pick who makes it into the school. The school has no say on who gets accepted.
They will add teaching assistants to Kindergarten through second grade. Other teachers there will see an increase of about four students each.
Holy Family Principal Roberts Griffin believes that the future of the voucher program will set kids up for success.
"It's the birthright of the students to have a free and appropriate education. I think it just opens up the door for parents to have more of a choice to select the school that they want their children to be educated in," Griffin said.
Other schools in Lafayette participating in the voucher program are Gethsemane Christian Academy, Immaculate Heart of Mary, John Paul the Great Academy, and Lafayette Christian Academy. St. Landry, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parish also have schools participating .