More money for school vouchers coming to Louisiana

Article By: Danielle Dreilinger | December 19, 2013 | Originally Posted on nola.com

The national Alliance for School Choice will use part of a $6 million Walton Family Foundation donation to expand school voucher enrollment in Louisiana. About 6,750 low-income students are attending private or parochial school at taxpayer expense, although the Louisiana Scholarship Program has faced both a local court fight from teachers unions and a federal suit questioning its effect on segregation. Almost $45 million has been budgeted for the program, which is now in its second year statewide.

By comparison, more than 81,000 U.S. students signed up for voucher programs last year, according to the American Federation for Children, an Alliance-associated group.

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