Louisiana voucher enrollment to expand as interest from new students declines

Article By: Danielle Dreilinger | April 23, 2014 | Originally Posted on nola.com

Louisiana’s high-profile school voucher program will almost certainly continue to expand in its third year, though interest from new participants has dropped. There were a total of about 12,000 applications to the Louisiana Scholarship Program for 2014-15 admission, said Education Department spokesman Barry Landry, which includes about 6,100 students who are continuing in the program. The 5,900 new applicants represents a 15 percent drop from the 7,100 applications last year.

About 90 percent of the current 6,750 voucher students are continuing in the fall, and 2,600 new students were matched with seats. That means total enrollment in the coming year could be as high as 8,700, which would be a 29 percent increase. Last year enrollment increased by 38 percent.

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