Louisiana Voucher Schools Maps 2012-13

Click on a marker to view information about the school, including its tuition, number of voucher students, total enrollment for last year, religious affiliation, and curricula being used. For New Orleans and Baton Rouge, also see specific maps below.

BATON ROUGE, La. – In April 2012, Louisiana’s Legislature approved an omnibus education reform bill, which included—among other provisions—a “scholarship” program for students “trapped” in failing public schools. “Scholarships for Educational Excellence” are essentially vouchers, paying tuition at private and parochial schools for students whose family income does not exceed 250 percent of the federal poverty level—about $58,000 for a family of four.

The state Department of Education invited schools to participate, and 120 non-public schools were applied. Controversy immediately arose over the curricula being offered at some schools, and the numbers of students other schools were requesting. Ultimately, Louisiana’s Department of Education approved 116 schools to accept scholarship students for the 2012-13 school year.

The majority of the schools—62%, or 72 of the 116 schools—are Catholic. Eighteen schools are non-denominational Christian. Four are Baptist, two Lutheran, and one school is Jewish. A Muslim school that had initially applied for the program withdrew its application before final approvals were issued by the state.

Some of the continuing controversy about the scholarship program revolves around curricula being used, including Accelerated Christian Education’s A.C.E. Paces, Answers in Genesis, and Bob Jones University Press publications. An A.C.E. biology textbook asserts that the Loch Ness monster is real, and is a plesiosaur. Answers in Genesis, on the other hand, teaches the dinosaurs all died in the Great Flood, just 4500 years ago.

All three curricula interweave Biblical quotations and a “Christian worldview” throughout textbooks for science, math, social studies, English, and history. An American history text by Bob Jones, for eample, states that, “God used the Trail of Tears to bring many Indians to Christ.”

And then there’s Conquering Word Christian Academy, with two facilities allowed to accept scholarship students. The schools’ alleged federal fraud problems have yet to be resolved.

Baton Rouge-area Voucher Schools

Click on a marker to view information about the school, including its tuition, number of voucher students, total enrollment for last year, religious affiliation, and curricula being used.

New Orleans-area Voucher Schools

Click on a marker to view information about the school, including its tuition, number of voucher students, total enrollment for last year, religious affiliation, and curricula being used.

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