By TOM GILLISAssociated PressAuthor: Tom GillisPublished: July 07, 2018 09:19:23The Louisiana Legislature on Thursday approved a $1 million grant to support a school voucher program.
The bill, which the Louisiana Education Agency is expected to approve, would pay for the program for two years for low-income students.
The Legislature approved the funding to the state’s education agency last month after months of debate and hearings.
John Bel Edwards has said the state should offer vouchers to students for free if they attend public schools, but many school districts and parents say that doesn’t make sense.
In 2015, a federal judge ruled Louisiana should offer a free or reduced-price voucher program to students to encourage them to attend public school.
It is not clear when that ruling will be overturned.
The state already offers vouchers for free to students who qualify for free or low-cost lunch.
Louisianans can receive a voucher to pay for private school tuition, health care and other expenses.
The vouchers are refundable.
The voucher program is expected take effect in 2019.