Voucher program begins to take shape

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Details of a new school voucher program in Louisiana will soon be taking shape.

Friday was the deadline for private schools to apply to the state if they want to be able to accept students who take part in the program, which will pay government-funded private school tuition for some Louisiana students. State education officials were compiling information on the applicants Monday.

Meanwhile, families who want their children to take part in the program known as Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence can begin applying on Tuesday.

The program is for students who are from low- to moderate-income families and who attend public schools that earned a C, D or F under the state's school accountability program.

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