Many La. voucher students at failing schools

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Associated Press

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 3:35 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New data indicates that many students in Louisiana's voucher program attended schools that were rated "D'' or "F'' on the state's grading scale.

However, The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1bXb7MX) that the full impact cannot be assessed because the state released scores only for one-fifth of the 118 voucher schools. Those were schools with at least 40 voucher students in the third grade and up. They served about 2,900 of the nearly 5,000 students in the program last year.

The program lets low-income students go to participating private schools at public expense if they attend or are entering kindergarten at schools rated C, D or F. Vouchers began as a New Orleans pilot in 2008 and expanded statewide in fall 2012.

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The report: http://bit.ly/1glqGT5

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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