State education officials in Louisiana said last week that more than 4,900 students from poorly performing public schools have taken advantage of the state’s newly expanded voucher program, which uses public money to pay for private school tuition.
The state said 14 percent of students using vouchers came from public schools that earned a C in the state’s school accountability program; most—69 percent—were from schools that made a D; and 17 percent were from schools considered failing.
The program is open to students from families with incomes under 250 percent of the federal poverty level estimated at $57,000 a year for a family of four. To qualify, those students must come from a public school with a state accountability grade of C, D, or F.
A version of this article appeared in the September 19, 2012 edition of Education Week as Louisiana Vouchers Go to More Students