Many states have undergone initiatives to provide funding for students to attend private schools with money from state budgets, but none have done it on the level that Louisiana intends. On Monday May 21, the Louisiana State Senate approved a $3.4 billion public school budget that will also help fund the statewide voucher program, providing relief to families of students who wish to attend private schools.
Despite the increase in budget from last year's, according to the Associated Press, the state will actually keep its spending per student at the same rate it's been for the past four years – roughly $3,850. The maximum any school can spend on students is $8,500. The only significant change comes in the form of the $33 million needed to adhere to 9,000 more students than previous years, as well as the voucher program.
In fact, the education department announced on Tuesday that more than 5,000 students in nearly 33 parishes are eligible to receive voucher slots to attend private schools for this coming fall. Although these are only preliminary numbers, the final amounts will be set by the end of July.
According to the Associated Press, those 5,000 slots include the 2,300 that have already been available in New Orleans, exclusively, from the city's Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence program.
Students in Louisiana who are from low- to moderate-income families and attend a school with a C, D or F rating as measured by the state education department are eligible for the new voucher program. Priority is given to those students in D or F schools.
While these new laws may reshape the landscape of Louisiana's education, many private schools could benefit from private school software that will allow multiple users to access a database organizing the many different avenues of funding that are now available to private schools in these situations.
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