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Sun May 24, 2015, 02:33 AM

Tuition vouchers program puts kids in private schools, some costs on taxpayers dime

Louisiana spent more than $40 million this year on private school tuition vouchers for low-income children, yet still turned away 4,000 applicants.

Despite the demand — and the fact that vouchers are a policy priority for Gov. Bobby Jindal — the program isn’t expected to grow for the next school year.

In response, the state Department of Education is quietly switching gears to expand another small program that helps poor children attend private schools.

That means working with nonprofits this spring and summer to recruit private donors — whether individuals or businesses — to pay for tuition under a rebate program created by the Legislature in 2012.

Read more: http://theadvocate.com/news/12363765-123/rebate-program-puts-kids-in

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