Seven schools barred from La. voucher program most reliant on public money

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

The seven private schools that Louisianab arred for academic reasons from accepting new voucher students were among the most dependent of all voucher schools on state money, according to newly released state data. On average, about half of these schools' students were on vouchers, compared to a 17 percent average among the 130 private schools participating in the Louisiana Scholarship Program.

Despite the end of state subsidies for new students, two of the rejected schools -- Holy Rosary Academy in Uptown New Orleans and Faith Christian Academy in Marrero -- say they will remain open. The other five schools did not return calls for comment:

  • Bishop McManus Academy in eastern New Orleans, with 59 percent of its students on vouchers
  • Conquering Word Christian Academy in Marrero, 16 percent
  • Conquering Word Christian Academy East in eastern New Orleans, 64 percent
  • Life of Christ Christian Academy in New Orleans' 7th Ward, 70 percent
  • Upperroom Bible Church Academy in eastern New Orleans, 41 percent.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, which oversees Holy Rosary where about 40 percent of the student body was on a state voucher, said it will continue to operate the school. That's because it serves special needs students.

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