Enacted 2010 • Launched 2011 • Voucher
Louisiana allows students with certain exceptionalities who live in eligible parishes to attend schools
of their parents’ choosing that provide educational services specifically addressing their needs. Eligible
students are defined generally as those with special needs who have Individualized Education Plans
but who are not in accelerated or gifted and talented programs.
Latest Stats (2013-14)
- Students participating: 224
- Schools participating: 17
- Average voucher value: $2,201
The educational certificate (voucher) is worth 50 percent of the state dollars that would have been spent
on the child in his or her public school or the cost of private school tuition, whichever is less. Families
are responsible for any additional tuition charged by the school.
Students qualify if they have one of seven categories of learning exceptionalities, have an Individualized
Education Plan or services plans in accordance with Title 34 of the code of federal regulations, reside in
a parish with more than 190,000 residents (six parishes currently), are eligible to attend a public school,
and are not deemed gifted or talented.
No legal challenges have been filed against the program.
Rules & Regulations
• Income Limit: None
• Prior Year Public School Requirement: None
• Geographic Limit: Parish (population of 190,000 or more)
• Enrollment Cap: None
• Voucher Cap: Conditional
• Testing Mandates: None
La. Rev. Stat. § 17:4031
Robbie Rhinesmith | firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply: http://www.louisianabelieves.com/schools/school-choice-for-students-with-disabilities