Enrollment in Louisiana’s taxpayer-funded voucher program has dipped a bit this year.
The latest data from the state Education Department, released Sunday, shows 7,110 students, attending 119 private and parochial schools, are receiving vouchers from the Louisiana Scholarship Program for the 2015-16 school year.
That’s 252 fewer students than last year, when 7,362 were in the program.
The statewide program began in 2012. It allows students from low- to moderate-income families to apply for government-paid tuition if they would otherwise be assigned to a poorly performing public school — one earning a C, D or an F in state performance rankings.
More than $42 million is allocated for the program this school year in the state’s budget.
Meanwhile, a separate voucher program for special needs students in Caddo, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Lafayette, Orleans and St. Tammany parishes has grown to 342 students, up from 311 students a year earlier.