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Private Schools Losing Students Across Louisiana
The Louisiana school voucher system, called the Louisiana Scholarship Program, is growing — NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune reports about 12,000 students applied to use vouchers next school year.
Those vouchers allow students to attend some private schools, at taxpayer expense. The program has been under review by federal officials, who recently said the state must report the race of voucher participants. Despite vouchers, overall private school enrollment is down in Louisiana.
Danielle Dreilinger of NOLA.com | The Times Picayune looked into the numbers. Among the steepest drops: private school enrollment in the ten parishes around New Orleans and Baton Rouge saw a drop of 17 percent, and Roman Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans fell 25 percent.
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