THE STATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE PROGRAM
With the expressed aim of providing families with greater educational choices and an increased opportunity for success, Louisiana lawmakers recently expanded the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence Program statewide through the enactment of Act 2. While a similar program has operated in New Orleans since 2008, 2012-2013 will mark the first year students across the state will be eligible to participate in the state’s scholarship program. Likewise, while the existing Orleans Parish program began by offering tuition assistance to kindergarten through 3rd grade students, with a grade level added each year, the statewide program will be open to kindergarten through 12th grade students. And students will be able to opt to attend not only approved nonpublic schools, but high performing public schools.