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Voucher program grows by 1,800 students this year

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawsuits, funding concerns and questions of quality haven't stopped the growth of Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program.

The program added more than 1,800 students this year, according to the first official tally for the current school year released Monday.

The state education department said 6,751 students are enrolled in 126 private schools across the state with taxpayer dollars. Another 24 students have switched to a high-performing public school through the voucher program.

That's a 37 percent increase, up from 4,944 students using vouchers at the same point last year, in the first year of the statewide program.

Education department spokesman Barry Landry says the department is pleased with the enrollment uptick and expects the voucher program to continue to grow each year.

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