The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

Advancing Milton and Rose D. Friedman's Vision of School Choice for All Children

Louisiana - School Choice Program for Certain Students with Exceptionalities

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

Program Details

Student Funding
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.

Student Eligibility
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.

Legal Developments
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

Governing Statutes
La. Rev. Stat. § 17:4031

Friedman Contact
Doran Moreland |

Related Research

10/30/2014 The School Starter Checklist: Meeting the Private Education Regulations in States with School Choice
5/30/2014 Public Rules on Private Schools: Measuring the Regulatory Impact of State Statutes and School Choice Programs
3/19/2012 Louisiana K-12 and School Choice Survey
3/8/2012 Lessons for Louisiana from Florida’s K-12 Education Revolution

Related News

3/12/2014 National Review Online | Choosing to Learn
1/23/2014 U.S. voucher, school choice enrollment reaches record high
8/15/2013 Sharing your story in “The ABCs” can be as easy as one, two, three
1/23/2013 “The ABCs of School Choice,” 2013 Edition, Now Available
7/2/2012 Pelican Post | Louisiana Voucher Applications Roll Forward Despite Union Lawsuits
3/20/2012 Times-Picayune | Citizens Support Gov. Jindal's Voucher Expansion, Poll Shows
3/19/2012 New Poll Shows Bayou State Supports School Choice
3/8/2012 Study Shows Louisiana Students Can Benefit From More School Choice

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